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ARNOLD, George, author, born in New York City, 24 June 1834 ; died at Strawberry Farms, New Jersey, 3 November 1865. While he was still an infant his parents removed to Illinois, but in 1849 returned to the east and settled at Strawberry Farms. As he showed a talent for drawing, he was placed m the studio of a portrait painter in New York; but he soon abandoned the idea of becoming an artist, and adopted literature as a profession. He became a contributor to " Vanity Fair," the " Leader," and other periodicals, writing stories, poems, sketches, and art criticisms. Some of his poems are of remarkable sweetness. He was best known during his lifetime as the author of the "McArone" papers, which established his reputation as a humorist. These were begun in "Vanity Fair " in 1860, and continued there and in other papers until his death, tie was also the author of several biographical works. During the civil war Mr. Arnold did military duty for a long time at one of the forts on Staten Island. His poems were collected and edited, with a memoir, by William Winter, appearing in two volumes (1867-'68), afterward consolidated in one. The "Jolly Old Pedagogue" is his best-known poem.
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