With John Paul JonesThe author of With John Paul Jones was Philadelphia native John T. McIntyre, a novelist and playwright who died in 1950 at the age of 79. He wrote a number of books for young people issued by the Penn Publishing Company. Penn, founded by Charles C. Shoemaker in 1889, had by the 1890s developed a line of juvenile literature that included works by Horatio Alger, Jr. and Frank H. Converse.
Clyde Osmer DeLand (1872-1947) was a student of noted American artist and illustrator Howard Pyle. A musician as well as an artist, DeLand was for a time a concert pianist, but decided to devote his career to painting and illustration. He specialized in scenes from American history and his work appeared in numerous historical novels as well as
magazines such as Harper’s Monthly, Cosmopolitan, the Ladies Home Journal, and American Boy.
With John Paul Jones was a gift to the library in 1908 from then Lieutenant Commander Edward L. Beach. Beach, an 1888 graduate of the Naval Academy, was himself the author of several series of books for boys, including four volumes about life as a midshipman from plebe to First Class year.