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James Lincoln Collier

USA (1928 - )

Collier's notable literary works include My Brother Sam Is Dead (1974), a Newbery Honor book that was also named a Notable Children's Book by the American Library Association and nominated for a National Book Award in 1975. He also wrote a children's book titled The Empty Mirror (2004), The Teddy Bear Habit (1967), about an insecure boy whose beatnik guitar teacher turns out to be a crook, and Rich and Famous (1975), sequel to The Teddy Bear Habit. His list of children's books also includes Chipper (2001), about a young boy in a gang. His writings for adults include numerous books on jazz, including biographies of Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington. He has also contributed entries on jazz-related subjects to the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.

In addition to his writing, Collier is an accomplished jazz musician who plays the trombone professionally.
Arabus Family Saga (with Christopher Collier)
1. War Comes to Willy Freeman (1983)
2. Jump Ship to Freedom (1981)
3. Who Is Carrie? (1984)
Non fiction
The Chub Peabody Story (1964)
Battleground (1965)
Which Musical Instrument Shall I Play? (1969)
Practical Music Theory (1970)
Jug Bands and Handmade Music (1973)
Inside Jazz (1973)
The Making of Man (1974)
Making Music for Money (1976)
CB (1977)
Great Jazz Artists (1977)
The Making of Jazz (1978)
Louis Armstrong, an American Genius (1983)
Decision in Philadelphia (1987) (with Christopher Collier)
Duke Ellington (1987)
Reception of Jazz in America (1988)
Benny Goodman and the Swing Era (1989)
Jazz (1993)
The Rise of Selfishness in America (1994)
The Clash of Cultures (1997) (with Christopher Collier)
The French and Indian War (1997) (with Christopher Collier)
The Paradox of Jamestown (1997) (with Christopher Collier)
Pilgrims and Puritans (1997) (with Christopher Collier)
The American Revolution (1998) (with Christopher Collier)
Andrew Jackson's America (1998) (with Christopher Collier)
Building a New Nation (1998) (with Christopher Collier)
Creating the Constitution (1998) (with Christopher Collier)
Hispanic America, Texas, and the Mexican War 1835 (1998) (with Christopher Collier)
The Jeffersonian Republicans (1998) (with Christopher Collier)
A Century of Immigration (1999) (with Christopher Collier)
The Civil War (1999) (with Christopher Collier)
Reconstruction and the Rise of Jim Crow (1999) (with Christopher Collier)
The Rise of Industry (1999) (with Christopher Collier)
Slavery and the Coming of the Civil War (1999) (with Christopher Collier)
Indians, Cowboys, and Farmers (2000) (with Christopher Collier)
Progressivism, the Great Depression, and the New Deal (2000) (with Christopher Collier)
The Rise of the Cities (2000) (with Christopher Collier)
The United States Enters the World Stage (2000)
The Changing Face of America (2001) (with Christopher Collier)
The Middle Road (2001) (with Christopher Collier)
The United States in the Cold War (2001) (with Christopher Collier)
The United States in World War II (2001)
Vaccines (2003)
The Abraham Lincoln You Never Knew (2003)
The Alexander Hamilton You Never Knew (2003)
The Clara Barton You Never Knew (2003)
The Frederick Douglass You Never Knew (2003)
The George Washington You Never Knew (2003)
The Sitting Bull You Never Knew (2003)
Gunpowder and Weaponry (2003)
Clocks (2003)
The Eleanor Roosevelt You Never Knew (2004)
The Benjamin Franklin You Never Knew (2004)
The Louis Armstrong You Never Knew (2004)
The Mark Twain You Never Knew (2004)
The Susan B. Anthony You Never Knew (2004)
The Tecumseh You Never Knew (2004)
The Automobile (2005)
Electricity and the Lightbulb (2005)
The Steam Engine (2005)
Christopher Columbus (2006)


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