The Riverside Readers Volume 6

The Riverside Readers Volume 6

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ... with the huge city of to-day. Aldrich's uncle was a commission merchant, and Aldrich would be sometimes in the counting room and sometimes down on the wharves to oversee the shipping of the goods; but his uncle suspected that he was more interested in writing verses than he was in the commission business. It has become part of the history of Aldrich's "Ballad of Babie Bell" that he wrote it on the backs of bills of lading down on the wharf while he was checking up items of goods consigned to his uncle's firm. "Babie Bell" was copied into one paper or magazine after another, all over the country; and there is a pretty story of how its recitation stopped the quarreling of some half-drunken miners in a low tavern in the West. When Aldrich was invited to review books for an evening paper, he left his uncle's employ. From that time until he was an elderly man, he was occupied almost continuously as an editor of some paper or magazine. His last work of thatsort was for the "Atlantic Monthly," where he succeeded Mr. William Dean Howells in the editor's chair. In New York, when Aldrich was a very young, fair, boyish-looking editor there, there were a number of literary men who had considerable fame, or perhaps we should rather say, popularity; for, excepting the poet William Cullen Bryant, who was also editor of the " New York Evening Post," and Bayard Taylor, and one or two other writers, there were none whose books continue to be read to-day. Time, you know, gives a pretty good test of the worth of a thing. Aldrich did not find many of these acquaintances stimulating to his imagination or his wit, and was very glad when he had offer of other editing in Boston. But...show more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236793099
  • 9781236793096