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THOMAS BAILEY ALDRICH (1836-1907)

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Originally appearing in Volume V01, Page 536 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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THOMAS BAILEY ALDRICH (1836-1907), American author,' was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on the 1th qf November 1836. When he was but a child his father moved to New Orleans, but after ten years the boy was sent back 'tq Portsmouth—the " Rivermouth " of several of his stories-to prepare for college. This period of his life is partly described in his Story of a Bad Boy (187o), of which " Tom Bailey " is the juvenile hero.' His father's death in 1852 compelled Aldrich to abandon the idea of college and enter a business office in New York. Here he soon became a constant contributor to the news-papers and magazines, and the intimate friend of the young poets, artists and wits of the metropolitan Bohemia of the early 'sixties, among whom were E. C. Stedman, R. H. Stoddard, Bayard, Taylor and Walt Whitman. From 1856 to 1859 he was on the staff of the Home Journal, then edited by N. P. Willis, while ' This book has been translated into French as Education et recreation, and into German as a specimen of American humour. Gestis Pontificum Anglorum, edited by. N. E. S. A. Hamilton (London, 187o) ; W. H. Dixon, Fasti Eboracenses, vol. i., edited by J. Raine (London, 1863) ; T. Stubbs, Chronica Pontificum Ecclesiae Eboracensis, edited by J. Raine (London, 1879-189) ; E. A. Freeman, History of the Norman Conquest, vols. ii., iii., iv. (Oxford, 1867-1879).
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