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FAY, Theodore Nedgwiek, author, born in New York City, 10 February 1807. He received a liberal education, and studied law, but never practiced. In 1828 he became associate editor of the New York "Mirror," under the joint control of himself. George P. Morris, and Nathaniel P. Willis. Soon thereafter Fay traveled in Europe, and wrote an extended series of letters of travel, which were published in his paper. He continued as coeditor of the "Mirror" for several years, and eventually became secretary of the American legation in Berlin, Germany, remaining at that post from 1837 until 1853. From 1853 until 1861 he was minister resident in Bern, Switzerland, since which time he has lived in retirement in Berlin. His publications comprise "Dreams and Reveries of a Quiet Man" (New York, 1882); "The Minute Book" (1888); "Norman Leslie" (1885); "Sydney Clifton" (1889); "Countess Ida" (1840); "Hoboken, a Romance" (1848); " Robert Rueful" (Philadelphia, 1844); "Ulric, or the Voices," poems (New York, 1851); "Views of Christianity" (1856); "History of Switzerland" (1860); "Great Outlines of Geography" (1867); and "First Steps in Geography" (1873). He has also published a series of papers on Shakespeare. His "Norman Leslie," a story of old New York City, has been popular, and was successfully produced as a play.
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