By: Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836-1907)
The Stillwater Tragedy
Thomas Bailey Aldrich was an American poet, novelist and editor. Of his many books of poetry and fiction, he may be best known for his semi-autobiographical novel, The Story of a Bad Boy and his collection of short stories, Majorie Daw and Other People. The Stillwater Tragedy which was published in 1880 is set in a small New England manufacturing town whose tranquility is disturbed first by the murder of one of its prominent citizens followed soon thereafter by a general strike of all the trades-unions. As the story develops, Richard Shackford, the murdered man’s nephew, finds himself inextricably caught up in both these events.
The Story of a Bad Boy
Thomas Bailey Aldrich was a child when his father moved to New Orleans from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. After 10 years, Aldrich was sent back to Portsmouth to prepare for college. This period of his life is partly described in his semi-autobiographical novel The Story of a Bad Boy (1870), in which "Tom Bailey" is the juvenile hero. Critics have said that this novel contains the first realistic depiction of childhood in American fiction and prepared the ground for Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Aldrich went on to associate with many of the literati of his time in New York City, and was editor of the Atlantic Monthly in the 1880's...
|An Old Town By the Sea|
|Cruise of the Dolphin|
|A Midnight Fantasy|
|The Queen of Sheba & My Cousin the Colonel|
|Daisy's Necklace And What Came of It|
|The Little Violinist|
|A Struggle For Life|
|Mademoiselle Olympe Zabriski|
|Miss Mehetabel's Son|
|A Rivermouth Romance|
|Père Antoine's Date-Palm|
|Our New Neighbors At Ponkapog|
volunteers bring you 21 recordings of The Letter by Thomas Bailey Aldrich. This was the Weekly Poetry project for September 6, 2020. ------ Thomas Bailey Aldrich was an American writer, poet, critic, and editor. He is notable for his long editorship of The Atlantic Monthly. He was also known for his semi-autobiographical book The Story of a Bad Boy, which established the "bad boy's book" subgenre in nineteenth-century American literature, and for his poetry, which included "The Unguarded Gates".