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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Elbert Hubbard  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: June 19, 1856 in Bloomington, Illinois

Died: May 7, 1915

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Illinois Connection

Hubbard was born in Bloomington and raised in Hudson.

Biographical and Professional Information

Elbert Hubbard was a writer, publisher, artist and philosopher. He also edited and published two magazines, ''The Philistine'' and ''The Fra''. The phrase, ''When life gives you lemons, make lemonade'' was initially coined by Hubbard in a 1915 obituary he wrote for the actor Marshall P. Wilder. The obituary, entitled ''The King of Jesters'', praises Wilder's optimistic attitude and achievements in the face of his disabilities.

Selected Titles At Your Library

A message to Garcia :
ISBN: 9781417911035. OCLC Number: 700075822

Kessinger Publishing,. .

Originally written and published as a filler without a title by Elbert Hubbard [founder of the Roycroft artisan community] in the March 1899 issue of the magazine Philistine, which he edited. It was quickly reprinted as a pamphlet and a book, and became a well-known allusion of American popular and business culture until the middle of the 20th century. For years, to take a message to Garcia was a popular American slang expression for taking initiative and is still used by some members of the military. Background: the original message (carried by Lt. Andrew Rowan) was sent by President McKinley to Calixto Garcia, the leader of the Cuban rebels, asking for cooperation in fighting Spain, should war ensue. Garcia, located somewhere in the mountain vastness of Cuba, and on the run from the Spanish Army, was difficult to find, especially quickly, but Lt. Rowan succeeded in all aspects of his mission.

Essential writings of Benjamin Franklin
ISBN: 9781161585773. OCLC Number: 780114275

Kessinger Pub.,. .

Forbes of harvard.
ISBN: 1407736485. OCLC Number: 940854154

Hardpress Publishing,. .

ISBN: 133058659X. OCLC Number: 982752825


Love, life & work :
ISBN: 9781620116319. OCLC Number: 872369139

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So here cometh white hyacinths :
ISBN: 1290370834. OCLC Number: 940780113

Hardpress Publishing,. .

The Mintage
ISBN: 9783842484399. OCLC Number: 920907278

tredition. .