Fanny Crosby — Biographies and Information

Fanny Crosby Frances Jane (Fanny) Crosby (1820-1915), American hymn writer and poetess who wrote over 8,000 hymns. Once a preacher sympathetically remarked, "I think it is a great pity that the Master did not give you sight when He showered so many other gifts upon you." She replied quickly, "Do you know that if at birth I had been able to make one petition, it would have been that I should be born blind?" "Why?" asked the surprised minister. "Because when I get to heaven, the first face that shall ever gladden my sight will be that of my Savior!"

Handfuls of Purpose from the Poetry of Fanny Crosby

In 1858, Fanny married a fellow teacher at the New York Institution of the Blind, the blind musician and composer Alexander Van Alstyne. Their only child, a daughter named Frances, died as an infant. Fanny and Van had been married 44 years when he died in 1902.

Recommended Books:
Fanny J. Crosby: An Autobiography. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2008. ISBN 9781598562811. 240 pages. Originally published in 1906 as Memoirs of Eighty Years.

Her Heart Can See: The Life and Hymns of Fanny J. Crosby by Edith L. Blumhofer. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, ©2005. ISBN 0802842534. 365 pages.

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Recommended DVD:
The Fanny Crosby Story DVD. Panmedia Entertainment Corp., 2004. Distributed by Vision Video, Worcester, PA. DVD. 54 minutes.

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