Fields, James Thomas

Fields, James Thomas,

1817–81, American author and publisher, b. Portsmouth, N.H. He was the junior partner of Ticknor and Fields, noted Boston publishing house in the mid-19th cent. He edited (1861–70) the Atlantic Monthly with notable success. His books, largely reminiscences of literary friendships, include Yesterdays with Authors (1872), Hawthorne (1876), and In and Out of Doors with Charles Dickens (1876). He was aided in his work by his wife, Annie Adams Fields, 1834–1915, a native of Boston, who also became a well-known author. Besides writing volumes of verse and biographies of Whittier (1893) and Harriet Beecher Stowe (1897), she was famous for her literary salon in Boston.


See her journals, Memories of a Hostess (ed. by M. A. De Wolfe Howe, 1922).

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Fields, James Thomas

(1817–81) author, publisher; born in Portsmouth, N.H. Known for both literary and business acumen, he became head of the Ticknor & Fields publishing firm and was editor of The Atlantic Monthly from 1861 to 1870. His own literary works include Poems (1849) and Yesterdays With Authors (1876).
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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