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ALDRICH, Aames, poet, born in Suffolk County, New York, in 1810; died in October 1856. He entered early into mercantile life, but at twenty-six years of age, having had some success as a writer, he abandoned business for literature. He conducted several popular periodicals, and in 1840 he established the "Literary Gazette," in which appeared many of his poems, which pleased the popular taste. Of these " A Death-Bed" is the best known, particular attention being called to it by Edgar A. Poe, who pointed out its striking resemblance to a poem by Hood on the same subject. In the latter part of his life he resumed his business pursuits. See Rufus W. Griswold's " Poets and Poetry of America."
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