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AMERICAN LITERATURE

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY WORKSHEET

1. Author name: Dwight Lyman Moody


2. Place of birth: Northfield, Massachusetts, USA
3. Date of birth: February 5, 1837
4. Date of death: December 22, 1899
5. Place of death: Northfield, Massachusetts, USA
6. Burial location: Moody is buried on a hill called Round Top on the Northfield campus, the
site of both his birth and death.
7. Interesting facts about his childhood:
He had 8 siblings. Dwight was sent off, where he received cornmeal, porridge, and milk
three times a day. He complained to his mother, but when she found out that he got all
that he wanted to eat, she sent him back.
8. Places where the author lived: When Moody turned 17, he moved to Boston to work (after
many job rejections) in an uncle's shoe store.
9. How did the author become inspired to write?
In April 1855 Moody was then converted to evangelical Christianity when his Sunday
school teacher, Edward Kimball, talked to him about how much God loved him. His
conversion sparked the start of his career as an evangelist and a writer.
10.Obstacles in his career
In June 1871 at an International Sunday School Convention in Indianapolis, Dwight Moody
met Ira D. Sankey, up to then a single-gospel-singer, with whom he soon began to
cooperate and collaborate in writing hymns. Four months later in October 1871 the Great
Chicago Fire destroyed Dwight's church building, as well as his family dwelling and the
homes of most of his churchmembers. Many had to flee the flames, saving only their lives,
and ending up completely destitute. Moody, reporting on the disaster, said about his own
situation that: "...he saved nothing but his reputation and his Bible." Moody's chapel was
rebuilt within three months as the Chicago Avenue Church.
11.Success during lifetime
During a trip to United Kingdom in the spring of 1872, he became well known as an
evangelist. Literary works published by the Moody Bible Institute have claimed that he was
the greatest evangelist of the 19th century. He preached almost a hundred times and
came into communion with the Plymouth Brethren. On several occasions he filled stadia of
a capacity of 2,000 to 4,000. In the Botanic Gardens Palace a meeting had an audience
between 15,000 and 30,000.
That turnout continued throughout 1874 and 1875, with crowds of thousands at all of his
meetings. During his visit to Scotland he was helped and encouraged by Andrew A. Bonar.
The famous London Baptist preacher, Charles Spurgeon, invited him to speak, and he
promoted him as well. When he returned to the US, crowds of 12,000 to 20,000 were as
common as they had been in England. President Grant and some of his cabinet officials
attended a meeting on January 19, 1876. His evangelistic meetings took place from Boston
to New York, throughout New England, and as far as San Francisco, along with other West
Coast towns from Vancouver to San Diego.

12.If the author wasnt successful or popular at the time of their death, explain how and why
they are still known today NOT APPLICABLE
13.Why is this author considered influential
DL Moody started a Sunday school. It became so well known that the just-elected
President Lincoln visited and spoke at a Sunday school meeting on November 25, 1860.
Moody founded two schools (Northfield School for Girls, founded in 1879, and the Mount
Hermon School for Boys, founded in 1881) which later merged into today's co-educational,
nondenominational Northfield Mount Hermon School.
The famous London Baptist preacher, Charles Spurgeon, invited him to speak, and he
promoted him as well. When he returned to the US, crowds of 12,000 to 20,000 were as
common as they had been in England.President Grant and some of his cabinet officials
attended a meeting on January 19, 1876. His evangelistic meetings took place from Boston
to New York, throughout New England, and as far as San Francisco, along with other West
Coast towns from Vancouver to San Diego.
14.Identify 5 characters of this author
Some of his quotes describe his character
Character is what a man is in the dark.
A man ought to live so that everybody knows he is a Christian... and most of all, his family
ought to know.
No man can resolve himself into Heaven.
Preparation for old age should begin not later than one's teens. A life which is empty of
purpose until 65 will not suddenly become filled on retirement.
"Let God have your life; He can do more with it than you can."