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ALDRICH, Thomas Bailey, author, born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 11 November 1836. His early youth was passed in Louisiana. He began a course of study preparatory to entering College, but, on the death of his father, he abandoned it to enter the counting- room of his uncle, a merchant in New York City. Here he remained three years, and here he began to contribute prose and verse to various journals, tits "Ballad of Babie Bell" (1856) won immediate and universal favor, and this, with other successes, induced him to enter upon a literary career. At first he was a proofreader, then a "reader" for a publishing-house. He became a frequent contributor to "Putnam's Magazine," the " Knickerbocker," and the weekly papers, and afterward to the New York " Evening Mirror." In 1856 he joined the staff of the New York "Home Journal," then under the management of Willis and Morris, with whom he remained three years. He was editor of "Every Saturday," Boston, so long as it was published, 1870-'4. For several years he had written almost exclusively for the "Atlantic Monthly," when in March 1881, he became its editor. His published volumes of poetry are "The Dells" (1855); "The Ballad of Babie Bell" and other poems (1856); "The Course of True Love never did run Smooth " (1858); "Pampinea and other Poems" (1861); two collections of "Poems" (1863 and 1865); "Cloth of Gold and other Poems" (1874) ; " Flower and Thorn ; Later Poems" (1876); an edition de luxe of his Lyrics and Sonnets (1880) ; and "Friar Jerome's Beautiful Book" (1881). His prose works are " Daisy's Necklace" (1856)" "Out of his Head, a Romance in Prose" (1862) ; "Story of a Bad Boy," which is in some degree autobiographical (1870); " Marjorie Daw and other People," short stones (1873); " Prudence Palfrey," a novel (1874) ; "The Queen of Sheba," a romance of travel (1877);" The Stillwater Tragedy" (1880) ; "From Ponkapog to Pesth" (1883); and "Mercedes" (1883). He has translated from the French, "Story of a Cat." Complete collections of his prose writings are published in England, France, and Germany, and translations of two of his novels and several of his short stories have appeared in the " Revue des deux Mondes."
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