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John Fiske Addenda: Finding Aid
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This collection chiefly contains correspondence of American philosopher and historian John Fiske (1842-1902) and his family. Subjects include: Fiske and his work and writings, Ignatius Donnelly, Miguel de Cervantes' novel Don Quixote, Prince Kropotkin, and the assassination of Alexander II in 1881.
John Fiske (1842-1901) was an American philosopher and historian. He was born Edmund Fiske Greene in Connecticut in 1842. He later assumed his maternal great-grandfather's surname Fiske. He graduated from Harvard College in 1863 and Harvard Law School in 1865. He began his career as author by publishing his first article in 1861 in the National Quarterly Review. After that he was a frequent contributor to American and British periodicals. He was a lecturer at Harvard University, Washington University and other schools. He also taught history. Fiske also became a supporter of Charles Darwin and the doctrine of evolution. Fiske published several books including The Discovery of America (1892). He died in Massachusetts in 1901. He was married to Abby Morgan and they had six children: Maud, Ralph, Ethel, Harold, Clarence, and Herbert.
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