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TROWBRIDGE, John Townsend, author, born in Ogden, New York, 18 September, 1827. He was educated in the common schools, learned the elements of Latin, Greek, and French without a master, and, after teaching and working on a farm for one year in Illinois, settled in New York city, where he wrote for the journals and magazines. He removed to Boston about 1848, and in 1850, during the absence of Ben. Perley Poore in Washington, D. C., edited his paper, the "Sentinel," but wrote for it an editorial on the fugitive-slave law that nearly destroyed the popularity of the paper. He has since been connected with many magazines and newspapers, has led an active literary life, and was managing editor of "Our Young Folks" in 1870-'3. He was one of the original contributors to the "Atlantic Monthly" ; and the "Vagabonds," "At Sea," and the "Pewee" among his poems, and the popular short story "Coupon-Bonds," appeared in that magazine. John Burroughs says of him: "He knows the heart of a boy and the heart of a man, and has laid them both open in his books. His' Neighbor Jackwood' is the pioneer of novels of real life in New England, and the 'Vagabonds' is the first specimen, and one of the best, of what has come to be known as the Bret Harte school of poetry." Mr. Trowbridge has published numerous books of adventure, travel, and fiction, and his writings include " Father Brighthopes, or an Old Clergyman's Vacation" (Boston, 1853) ; "Burrcliff" (1853) ; "Hearts and Faces" (1853) ; " Home Life Unveiled" (1853) ; "Martin Merrivale, his X-Mark" (1854) ; "Ironthorpe" (1855) ;"Neighbor Jackwood, a Novel of New England Life" (1857) ; "The Old Battle-Ground" (1859); " The Vagabonds, and other Poems" (1869) : "The Drummer-Boy" (1863) ; "Cudjo's Cave" (1864) ; "The Three Scouts" (1865) ; "Lucy Arlyn" (1866) ; "The South, a Tour of its Battle-Fields and Ruined Cities" (Hartford, 1866) ; "Neighbors' Wives" (Boston, 1867) ; "The Story of Columbus" (1867); "Coupon Bonds, and other Stories" (1871); "The Jack Hazard Series" (5 vols., 1871-'5); "The Emigrant's Story, and other Poems" (18'75) ; "The Silver Medal Series" (6 vols., 1877-'82); "The Book of Gold, and other Poems" (New York, 1878);" A Home Idyl, and other Poems" (1881) ; and "The Tide-Mill Series" (6 vols., Boston, 1882-'7).
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