Aldrich, Thomas Bailey

Aldrich, Thomas Bailey,

1836–1907, American author and editor, b. Portsmouth, N.H. His most widely read work was The Story of a Bad Boy (1870), a vigorous narrative based on his own boyhood. His short stories, especially those in Marjorie Daw and Other People (1873), are noted for their naturalness and craftsmanship. Aldrich also excelled at writing light verse. In 1881 he succeeded W. D. HowellsHowells, William Dean,
1837–1920, American novelist, critic, and editor, b. Martins Ferry, Ohio. Both in his own novels and in his critical writing, Howells was a champion of realism in American literature.
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 as editor of the Atlantic Monthly, a position he held until 1890.
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Aldrich, Thomas Bailey

(1836–1907) writer, poet; born in Portsmouth, N.H. He worked in New York City mainly in publishing (1852–65), published poetry, settled in Boston (1865), and was editor of the Atlantic Monthly (1881–90). He remains best known for his novel, The Story of a Bad Boy (1870).
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