Contemporaneous Biographies and Sketches

Ballentine, Caroline Farrand. “The True Story of Edison’s Childhood and Boyhood.” Michigan Magazine of History 4 (1920): 168–92.

Bryan, George S. Edison, The Man and His Works.  New York: A. A. Knopf, 1926.

Cooper, Frederic Taber. Thomas A. Edison. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Co., 1914.

Dickson, William Kennedy Laurie, and Antonia Dickson. The Life and Inventions of Thomas Alva Edison. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., 1894.

Dyer, Frank L., and Thomas C. Martin, with William H. Meadowcroft.  Edison: His Life and Inventions.  2 vols.  New York: Harper & Bros., 1910 [rev. ed. 1929].

Ford, Henry, and Samuel Crowther. Edison as I Know Him.  New York: Cosmopolitan Book Corporation, 1930.

Jones, Francis Arthur. Thomas Alva Edison: Sixty Years of an Inventor's Life. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., 1907 and 1908.

McClure, James Baird. Edison and His Inventions. Chicago: Rhodes & McClure, 1879.

______. Edison and His Inventions. Chicago: Rhodes & McClure, 1889.

______. Edison and His Inventions. Chicago: Rhodes & McClure, 1890.

Miller, Francis Trevelyan. Thomas A. Edison, Benefactor of Mankind: The Romantic Life Story of the World's Greatest Inventor. Philadelphia and Chicago: John C. Winston Co., 1931.

Nerney, Mary Childs. Thomas A. Edison: A Modern Olympian. New York: H. Smith and R. Haas, 1934

Rolt-Wheeler, Francis. Thomas Alva Edison. New York: MacMillan Co., 1915.

Simonds, William Adams. Edison: His Life, His Work, His Genius. New York: Bobbs-Merrill Co., 1934.