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RIDEING, William Henry, author, born in Liverpool, England, 17 February, 1853. His father was an officer in the service of the Cunard line of steamers. After the death of his mother the son went to Chicago, Illinois, where he remained until 1870. He early began writing for the press, and soon became connected with several journals. In 1874 he gave up newspaper work to devote himself entirely to literature and magazine writing. He made several trips to Europe and elsewhere with different artists to obtain material on special subjects. In 1878 he served as special correspondent with the Wheeler surveying expedition in Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, California, and Arizona. In 1881-'3 Mr. Rideing edited "Dramatic Notes" in London, England. On his return he again entered journalism in Boston, where he still remains (1888). Among his publications are "Pacific Railways Illustrated " (New York, 1878) ; "A Saddle in the Wild West" (London, 1879); "Stray Moments with Thackeray" (New York, 1880); " Boys in the Mountains" (1882); "Boys Coastwise" (1884); " Thackeray's London" (London, 1885); " Young Folks' History of London" (Boston, 1885) ; "A Little Upstart" (1885) ; and "The Boyhood of Living Authors" (1887).
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