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ARTHUR, Timothy Shay, author, born near Newburg, New York, in 1809; died in Philadelphia, 6 March 1885. When he was about eight years of age his parents moved to Baltimore, Maryland, where he received a little education, was apprenticed to a trade, and was a clerk for several years. In 1833 he visited the west as the agent of a banking concern. He had meantime educated himself by reading and study, and when he returned to Baltimore he became editor of " The Athenaeum." In 1841 he removed to Philadelphia, where the rest of his life was passed, and where, in 1852, he founded "Arthur's Home Magazine," of which he was editor until within a few weeks of his death. He was a voluminous writer of tales of domestic life, and also prepared, with the aid of W. H. Carpenter, a series of histories of the different states of the union. The entire number of volumes of Mr. Arthur's works exceeds one hundred, and of these more than half have been republished in England, where his writings have had a large circulation. Among his books are "Lights and Shadows of Real Life," " Tales for Rich and Poor" (6 vols.), "Library for the Household" (12 vols.), " Ten Nights in a Bar-Room," and " Steps to Heaven." His stories all have some moral end in view, many of them being devoted to the support of the temperance cause. Although they do not possess great merit as literature, they have been widely read and gained him much popularity. His book, "The Good Time Coming" (1855), was accused of "verging on spiritualism and Swedenborgianism."
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