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Bachelard, Gaston, 1884-1962

( gästôN' bäshlär' ), 1884–1962, French philosopher. He held degrees in physics, mathematics, and philosophy and taught at Dijon (1930–40) and the

Open Bacon, Francis, 1561-1626
Bacon, Francis, 1561-1626

Francis Bacon, Viscount St. Albans, politician, author, and natural historian, was truly a Renaissance man. He was involved in public life, he

Open Bagehot, Walter, 1826-1877
Bagehot, Walter, 1826-1877

( băj'Әt ), 1826–77, English social scientist. After working in his father's banking firm, he edited (1860–77) the Economist (which had been founded

Bain, Alexander, 1818-1903

1818–1903, Scottish philosopher and psychologist. He was educated at Marischal College, Aberdeen, where he later taught for three years. He taught one

Open Balch, Emily Greene, 1867-1961
Balch, Emily Greene, 1867-1961

Feminist pragmatist, social settlement leader, and Nobel laureate, Emily Greene Balch was a world leader with an innovative intellectual and political

Baldwin, James, 1924-1987

James Baldwin's career illustrates the difficulties American authors face balancing their public and private lives. The tension between these lives

Ballads

in literature, short, narrative poem usually relating a single, dramatic event. Two forms of the ballad are often distinguished—the folk ballad,

Balzac, Honoré de, 1799-1850

( băl'zăk, bôl–, Fr. ōnôrā' dӘ bälzäk' ), 1799–1850, French novelist, b. Tours. Balzac ranks among the great masters of the novel. Of a bourgeois

Bancroft, Hubert Howe, 1832-1918

1832–1918, American publisher and historian, b. Granville, Ohio. Bancroft began his career as a bookseller in San Francisco in 1852. Soon he had his

Banks, Lynne Reid, 1929-

1929- ♦ English novelist Born in London, she trained at RADA and worked as an actress, journalist and teacher before turning to writing full-time in