John Brown on Stage and Film:
Rogers, J. H. “Ossawattomie Brown; or, The Insurrection at Harpers’ Ferry.” First performed in Worcester, MA, with George Pauncefort as John Brown.
Swayze, Mrs. J. C. “Ossawattomie Brown; or, The Insurrection at Harpers’ Ferry.” First performed at the Bowery Theater, with George Boniface as John Brown.
Price, William Thompson. “Old John Brown, of Harper’s Ferry.” Play.
Gow, Ronald. “Gallows Glorious.” First performed in England, with Wilfred Lawson as John Brown.
Blankfort, Michael, and Michael Gold. “Battle Hymn.” First performed WPA Experimental Theater, New York, with Grover Burgess as John Brown.
Mechem, Kirke [Field]. “John Brown.” Verse drama, aired on radio.
Santa Fe Trail. Warner Brothers. Raymond Massey as John Brown. Theatrical Release.
Schochen, Seyril. “The Moon Besieged.” First performed in Chicago, with Tim O’Connor as John Brown.
Ward, Theodore. “John Brown.” First performed at the People’s Drama, New York, with Irving Pakewitz as John Brown.
Seven Angry Men. Allied Artists. Raymond Massey as John Brown. Theatrical Release.
Dace, Wallace. “The Prophet.” Performed at Harpers Ferry in 1959 during John Brown Centennial Program.
“John Brown’s Raid.” Episode of Playhouse 90. Filmed at Harpers Ferry, with James Mason as John Brown.
Davis, Julia. “The Anvil.” First performed in Charles Town, WV (Jefferson County courthouse), with Robert Leonard as John Brown.
Stavis, Barrie. “Banners of Steel.” (later titled “Harpers Ferry”) First performed at Southern Illinois University in 1962.
Artzner, Greg, and Terry Leonino. “Sword of the Spirit.” Two-person play. First performed in Charles Town, WV, with Greg Artzner as John Brown.
“John Brown’s Holy War.” Episode of The American Experience. Documentary.
Mechem, Kirke [Lewis]. “John Brown.” Opera, written 1980-1990. First performed by the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, with James Maddalena as John Brown.
John Brown in Art
John Brown, bust by Edwin Brackett
"John Brown Going to the Scaffold," painting by Louis Ransom
John Brown, oil painting by Helen Brodt
"John Brown's Blessing" (originally titled "Martyrdom of John Brown") portrait by Thomas S. Noble
John Brown bust, by French sculptor Joseph-Charles de Blezer
John Brown, oil painting by Seldon Woodman
"The Last Moments of John Brown," by Thomas Hovenden.
“The Imprisonment of John Brown,” painting by H. Webb Keedy.
John Brown statue in Kansas City, unknown artist
“John Brown’s Trial at Charlestown, Virginia,” painting by David C. Lithgow.
John Brown bust, by Robert Merrill Gage
“The Hanging of John Brown,” painting by Daniel Boza.
“Civil War” panel in “Portrait of America” murals, by Diego Rivera
“The Emancipation of the American Negro,” painting by Daniel Boza
John Brown statue at North Elba, New York, by Joseph Pollia.
John Brown statue at Osawatomie, Kansas, by George Fite Waters
“Episodes in the Life of John Brown,” mural in Torrington, CT, post office, by Arthur S. Covey
Untitled mural with John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, and Frederick, by Eitaro Ishigaki
“The Tragic Prelude,” mural in Kansas Statehouse, by John Steuart Curry
“The End of John Brown,” painting by Ervin Nussbaum
“The Legend of John Brown,” 22 gouache paintings, by Jacob Lawrence.
"John Brown and the Fugitive Slave," wood carving by Seymour Lipton.
John Brown, bust in oak by John Rood
“The Return of John Brown,” oak sculpture by John Rood
John Brown, representing West Virginia in Steuben Glass’ “The United States in Glass” series, engraved crystal by Sidney Waugh
John Brown in Print:
Drew, Thomas. John Brown Invasion; An Authentic History of the Harper’s Ferry Tragedy. Boston: James Campbell.
The Life, Trial and Execution of Capt. John Brown. New York: Robert M. DeWitt.
Marquand, Henri E. John Brown. Paris: E. Dentu. (French)
Redpath, James. Echoes of Harper’s Ferry. Boston: Thayer and Eldridge.
_____. Public Life of Capt. John Brown. Boston: Thayer and Eldridge.
Anderson, Osborne P. A Voice from Harper’s Ferry. Boston: printed for the author.
Brown, G. W. Reminiscences of Old John Brown: Thrilling Incidents of Border Life in Kansas. Rockford, IL: Abraham E. Smith.
Sanborn, F. B. The Life and Letters of John Brown, Liberator of Kansas, and Martyr of Virginia. Boston: Roberts Brothers.[ADD LINK]
Connelley, William Elsey. John Brown. Topeka, KS: Crane & Company.
Avey, Elijah. Capture and Execution of John Brown: A Tale of Martyrdom. Elgin, IL: Brethren Publishing House.
Du Bois, W. E. Burghardt. John Brown. Philadelphia: George W. Jacobs & Company.
Villard, Oswald Garrison. John Brown, 1800-1859: A Biography Fifty Years After. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company.
Wilson, Hill Peebles. John Brown Soldier of Fortune: A Critique. Lawrence, KS: Hill P. Wilson.
Benet, Stephen Vincent. John Brown’s Body. (Poem) Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran and Company, Inc.
Warren. Robert Penn. John Brown: The Making of a Martyr. New York: Payson & Clarke, Ltd.
Karsner, David. John Brown, Terrible “Saint.” New York: Dodd, Mead & Company.
Malin, James C. John Brown and the Legend of Fifty-Six. Philadelphia: The American Philosophical Society.
Furnas, J. C. The Road to Harpers Ferry. New York: W. Sloane Associates.
Ruchames, Louis. John Brown Reader: The Story Of John Brown In His Own Words, In The Words Of Those Who Knew Him, And In The Poetry And Prose Of The Literary Heritage. London and New York: Abelard-Schuman.
Oates, Stephen B. To Purge This Land with Blood: A Biography of John Brown. New York: Harper & Row.
Boyer, Richard O. The Legend of John Brown: A Biography and a History. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.
Quarles, Benjamin. Allies for Freedom: Blacks and John Brown. New York: Oxford University Press.
Rossbach, Jeffery S. Ambivalent Conspirators: John Brown, The Secret Six, and a Theory of Slave Violence. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
Finkelman, Paul. ed. His Soul Goes Marching On: Responses to John Brown and the Harpers Ferry Raid. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia.
DeCaro, Louis A. Jr. “Fire from the midst of you”: A Religious Life of John Brown. New York: New York University Press.
Peterson, Merrill D. John Brown: The Legend Revisited. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia.
Stauffer, John. Black Hearts of Men: Radical Abolitionists and the Transformation of Race. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Reynolds, David S. John Brown, Abolitionist: The Man Who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil War, and Seeded Civil Rights. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.
Russo, Peggy A. and Paul Finkelman. eds. Terrible Swift Sword: The Legacy of John Brown. Athens: Ohio University Press.
Carton, Evan. Patriotic Treason: John Brown and the Soul of America. New York: Free Press.
DeCaro, Louis A. Jr. John Brown: The Cost of Freedom. New York: International Publishers.
Beck, Janet Kemper. Creating the John Brown Legend: Emerson, Thoreau, Douglass, Child and Higginson in Defense of the Raid on Harpers Ferry. McFarland and Company, Inc.
McGinty, Brian. John Brown’s Trial. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
McGlone, Robert E. John Brown’s War Against Slavery. New York: Cambridge University Press.
John Brown in Print (Juvenile Literature):
Graham, Lorenz. John Brown: A Cry for Freedom. New York: Crowell.
Kent, Zachary. Story of John Brown’s Raid on Harpers Ferry. Chicago: Children’s Press.
Everett, Gwen. John Brown: One Man Against Slavery. New York: Rizzouli.
Barrett, Tracy. Harpers Ferry: The Story of John Brown’s Raid. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook Press.
Cox, Clinton. Fiery Vision: The Life and Death of John Brown. New York: Scholastic.
Tackach, James. The Trial of John Brown, Radical Abolitionist. San Diego, CA: Lucent Books.
Stein, R. Conrad. John Brown’s Raid on Harpers Ferry in American History. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Publishers.
January, Brendan. John Brown’s Raid on Harper’s Ferry. Danbury, CT: Children’s Press.
Glaser, Jason. John Brown’s Raid on Harpers Ferry. Mankato, MN: Capstone Press.
Hendrix, John. John Brown: His Fight for Freedom. New York: Abrams Books for Young Readers.
Horn, Geoffrey M. John Brown: Putting Actions above Words. New York: Crabtree.