The Story of a Bad Boy

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UPNE, Jul 1, 1996 - Fiction - 286 pages
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In 1869 Thomas Bailey Aldrich introduced to American literature the original “bad boy”--that all-American boy who plays harmless pranks, devises exciting adventures, has an occasional bout of love-sickness, is bored on Sundays, and is well-liked by almost everyone. Later followed by Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Story of a Bad Boy--once called the first truly American novel--is Aldrich’s partially autobiographical tale of growing up in America. Set in Rivermouth (based on Aldrich’s childhood home in Portsmouth, New Hampshire), it follows the exploits of young Tom Bailey through snowball wars, schoolyard fights, Fourth of July parades, adventures at sea, and childhood sweathearts. Now printed in more than fifty editions and read and beloved by Americans for over a century, Aldrich’s classic is ready to be rediscovered by a new generation of readers.
 

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User Review  - Will - Goodreads

"This is the story of a bad boy. Well, not such a very bad, but a pretty bad boy; and I ought to know, for I am, or rather I was, that boy myself. Lest the title should mislead the reader, I hasten to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jane Burkett - Goodreads

The autobiography that inspired Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer. But the real story is better. It's got adventure and excellent humor. Read full review

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Contents

CHAPTER PAGE I IN WHICH I INTRODUCE MYSELF
1
IN WHICH I ENTERTAIN PECULIAR VlEWS
5
ON BOARD THE TYPHOON
12
RlVERMOUTH
22
THE NUTTER HOUSE AND THE NUTTER FAMILY
34
LIGHTS AND SHADOWS
48
ONE MEMORABLE NIGHT
71
THE ADVENTURES OF A FOURTH
87
THE SNOWFORT ON SLATTERNS HILL
141
THE CRUISE OF THE DOLPHIN
155
AN OLD ACQUAINTANCE TURNS UP
178
IN WHICH SAILOR BEN SPINS A YARN
193
HOW WE ASTONISHED RlVERMOUTH
209
A FROG HE WOULD AWOOING GO
228
BECOME A BLIGHTED BEING
246
IN WHICH I PROVE MYSELF TO BE THE GRANDSON OF MY GRANDFATHER
255

BECOME AN R M C
101
FIGHT CONWAY
112
ALL ABOUT GYPSY
124
WINTER AT RIVERMOUTH
133
IN WHICH I LEAVE RlVERMOUTH
274
EXEUNT OMNES
281
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THOMAS ALDRICH BAILEY (1836-1907), a native of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, was editor of such publications as Atlantic Monthly and the New York Illustrated News. A poet and writer, he was also the author of many novels and volumes of verse.

A.B. FROST (1851-1928), a renowned and prolific American artist of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, illustrated over ninety books and created hundreds of paintings and prints.

DAVID WATTERS, Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire, is the author of books and articles on New England gravestone carving, literature, and history.

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