Fanny Crosby Still Lives

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Frances Jane Crosby, known by her family and friends as Fanny, was born in a little cottage at Gayville in the community of Southeast, Putnam County, NY, on Mar. 24, 1820. At six weeks old she caught ... Read full review

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Frances Jane Crosby, known by her family and friends as Fanny, was born
in a little cottage at Gayville in the community of Southeast, Putnam County, NY, on Mar. 24, 1820. At six weeks old she caught
a cold, and when a country doctor mistakenly diagnosed her condition and prescribed a hot mustard poultice for her inflamed eyes, her eyes were scarred and she gradually lost her eyesight until she became blind at age five. However, at age eight, she produced her first poem. "Oh, what a happy child I am, Although I cannot see! I am resolved that in this world Contented I will be." After studying for several years at the New York State School for the Blind in New York City, she became one of nineteenth-century America’s best-loved poets and hymn writers prior to her death just short of her 95th birthday on Feb. 12, 1915. Some of her well-known songs include “Blessed Assurance,” “He Hideth My Soul,” “Redeemed,” “Safe in the Arms of Jesus,” “Hold Thou My Hand,” “Praise Him, Praise Him,” “Tell Me the Story of Jesus,” and “Close to Thee.”
As a result of my interest in hymns, I have read several biographies of Fanny Crosby, including Fanny Crosby: The Story of the Blind Saint Who Wrote Close to 9,000 Hymns by Bonnie C. Harvey in Bethany House’s Men and Women of Faith series, and Fanny Crosby: The Hymn Writer by Bernard Ruffin in Barbour’s Heroes of the Faith series. In truth, Fanny did NOT write close to 9,000 hymns. She did write over 8,000 poems, but only about 3,000 of those ever became hymns. The author of Fanny Crosby Still Lives, Darlene Neptune, is reputed to be one of the world’s leading authorities on the life and works of Fanny Crosby. Her research includes newspaper articles and other historical documents as well as visits to Fanny’s birthplace, school, home, and burial place. A gospel singer, she has developed a program “Fanny Crosby Drama” which she presents to audiences around the nation. The book is a fictionalized biography presented as if Darlene had gone back to 1914 and interviewed “Aunt Fanny,” so that most of the story is told as if Fanny herself were speaking. The last section chronicles the beginning of Darlene’s interest in Fanny and the development of her Drama.
The book, a copy of which was given to me by a friend, is said to be “The Most Complete History Ever Written.” Well, it does have some interesting tidbits of information that I have not seen elsewhere, but there is also a lot of material about Fanny’s work which I have seen in other biographies but did not find in this book. And there are some questionable claims, such as “the fact that she was a personal friend and spiritual advisor to every president who held office during her lifetime.” She certainly met several presidents, usually on formal occasions when she rendered a "poetical address," but only her acquaintance with Grover Cleveland approached close personal friendship. Also, while it is true that Fanny wrote under a number of pseudonyms, some of the aliases which Neptune assigns to her and some of the hymns which she is supposed to have written using them just don’t match up with other very reputable authorities. At the same time, the book does contain some very interesting reading and features a large collection of photographs.
 

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Contents

A Chance Encounter
1
Second Meeting
7
Permanent Blindness
11
Finding A SchoolLeaving Home
13
Fanny As A Small Child
17
Mercy Crosby Morris
21
Eunice CrosbyFannys Grandmother
25
Life Among The Quakers
29
Fannys Mission
143
The YMCA
147
The Bowery
150
Funny Times
157
Of Presidents and Famous Friends
171
President John Quincy Adams
172
President Martin Van Buren
173
President John Tyler
174

Spiritual Training
31
The New York Institution for the Blind
37
True Test for Fanny
45
Summer Recruiting Tours
47
The Dreaded Disease of Cholera New York and the Institution
53
Fannys Conversion Experience
57
Revival the Civil War and the Country Fanny Loved
65
Private Life
71
Love Comes To Fanny
77
1900
81
Fannys 85th Birthday
85
Fannys Address at Carnegie Hall
89
Hymn Stories
91
Some Letters Sent To Fanny
105
Business Associates
107
George Root
108
William Batchelder Bradbury
111
Bigelow Main Publishing
114
LH Bigelow
115
Hubert P Main
117
Phoebe Knapp
118
Rev Dr Robert Lowry
121
William Howard Doane
125
Dwight Lyman Moody
129
Ira D Sankey
133
Philip Bliss
138
Mr William J Kirkpatrick
140
George C Stebbins
141
Too Many to Tell
142
President Abraham Lincoln
176
Other Distinguished Gentlemen
180
General Winfield Scott
181
Count Henri Gratien Bertrand
182
Fannys First Appearance Before Congress
185
Fanny and The Onondaga Indians
187
Reflecting on Life as a Blind Person
191
The Picnic
195
The Diary
201
Beginning of Interest
215
Refining the Drama
231
Taking Fanny Home to Bridgeport
233
Amusing Events
245
The Video
247
Old Friends
249
Some Unique Poems by Fanny
251
The Connecticut State Song
259
Interesting facts
261
Not So Interesting Facts
273
False Statements
277
Will You Meet Us in Heaven?
279
Fanny Crosby Lineage
281
Table 1
283
Table 2
287
Some of the 10000 Hymns written buy Fanny Crosby
295
Bibliography
309
Special Thanks
311
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