Dion Haco’s “J. Wilkes Booth, the Assassinator of President Lincoln” is probably the first post-assassination full-length book with John Wilkes Booth as its central character.

After Haco’s novel, war correspondent¬†George Alfred Townsend wrote probably the first book-length biography of Booth, “The Life, Crime and Capture of John Wilkes Booth.”

Both books were advertised by May 24, less than a month after Booth was shot to death at the Garrett Farm in Virginia.

Follow this link to the University of Iowa’s Bolinger Lincoln Collection of early books on the assassination and on Booth, including nine published in the last eight months of 1865:¬†

http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/spec-coll/bai/fingerson.htm

Source: Books at Iowa 2 by Ronald L. Fingerson