'Francis Parkman's study of France and England in North America remains the greatest single achievement in our literature. It did more to ally history with literature than any other book' Henry Steele Commager Samuel Eliot Morison, likening Parkman to Gibbon and Macaulay, noted that 'no one will ever write histories that would supersede his'.
Francis Parkman was one of America's greatest historians. He was born in 1823 in Boston to a leading Unitarian minister. He was a talented linguist at Harvard and read almost as many books in foreign languages as in English. He died in 1893 in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, having worked as a writer, journalist and historian.