Aldrich, Thomas Bailey, 1836–1907, American author and editor, b. Portsmouth, N.H. His most widely read work was The Story of a Bad Boy (1870), a vigorous narrative based on his own boyhood. His short stories, especially those in Marjorie Daw and Other People (1873), are noted for their naturalness and craftsmanship. Aldrich also excelled at writing light verse. In 1881 he succeeded W. D. Howells as editor of the Atlantic Monthly, a position he held until 1890.
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