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The Queen of Sheba, Aldrich, Thomas Bailey

Author    Aldrich, Thomas Bailey

Title   The Queen of Sheba

Binding   Hard Cover

Book Condition   Good

Jacket Condition   No Jacket

Publisher    Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston 1877

Seller ID   1511792

Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston. 1877. 270 pp. 7 3/4 x 5 1/4. Original green cloth, gilt titles. Thomas Bailey Aldrich (November 11, 1836 - March 19, 1907) was an American poet, novelist, traveler and editor, born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. When he was a child his father moved to New Orleans, but after ten years he was sent back to Portsmouth - the Rivermouth of several of his stories - to prepare for college. This period of his life is partly described in his semi-autobiographical novel The Story of a Bad Boy (1870), of 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. His father's death in 1849 compelled Aldrich to abandon the idea of college and he entered his uncle's business office in New York at age 16 in 1852. Here he soon became a constant contributor to the newspapers and magazines, and the friend of the young poets, artists and wits of the metropolitan Bohemia of the early 1860s, among whom were Edmund Clarence Stedman, Richard Henry Stoddard, Fitz Hugh Ludlow, Bayard Taylor and Walt Whitman. From 1856 to 1859 he was on the staff of the Home Journal, then edited by N P Willis, while during the Civil War he was the editor of the New York Illustrated News. In 1865 he moved to Boston and was editor for ten years for Ticknor and Fields - then at the height of their prestige - of the eclectic weekly Every Saturday, discontinued in 1875. From 1881 to 1890 he was editor of the Atlantic Monthly. Meanwhile Aldrich had written much, both in prose and verse. His genius was many-sided, and it is surprising that so busy an editor and so prolific a writer should have attained the perfection of form for which he was remarkable. His successive volumes of verse, chiefly The Ballad of Babie Bell (1856), Pampinea, and Other Poems (1861), Cloth of Gold (1874), Flower and Thorn (1876), Friar Jerome's Beautiful Book (1881), Mercedes and Later Lyrics (18S}), Wyndham Towers (1889), and the collected editions of 1865, 1882, 1897 and 1900, showed him to be a poet of lyrical skill, light touch and felicitous conceit, the influence of Robert Herrick being constantly apparent. He repeatedly attempted long narrative or dramatic poems, but seldom with success, save in such earlier work as Garnaut Hall. But no American poet of the time had shown more skill in describing some single picture, mood, conceit or episode. His best things are such lyrics as Hesperides, When the Sultan goes to Ispahan, Before the Rain, Nameless Pain, The Tragedy, Seadrift, Tiger Lilies, The One White Rose, Palabras CariƱosas, Destiny, or the eight-line poem Identity, which did more to spread Aldrich's reputation than any of his writing after Babie Bell. Beginning with the collection of stories entitled Marjorie Daw and Other People (1873), Aldrich applied to his later prose work that minute care in composition which had previously characterized his verse - taking a near, new or salient situation, and setting it before the reader in a pretty combination of kindly realism and reticent humour. In the novels, Prudence Palfrey (1874), The Queen of Sheba (1877), and The Stillwater Tragedy (1880), there is more rapid action; but the Portsmouth pictures in the first are elaborated with the affectionate touch shown in the shorter humorous tale, A Rivermouth Romance (1877). In An Old Town by the Sea (1893) the author's birthplace was once more commemorated, while travel and description are the theme of From Ponkapog to Pesth (1883). -- WikipediaKeywords: CLASSICS WORLD LITERATURE FICTION Condition Notes: Hinges slightly loose, ink name & date on front endpaper.

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