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The Story Of A Bad Boy
by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
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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. (Excerpt)
Lest the title should mislead the reader, I hasten to assure him here that I have no dark confessions to make. I call my story the story of a bad boy, partly to distinguish myself from those faultless young gentlemen who generally figure in narratives of this kind, and partly because I really was not a cherub. I may truthfully say I was an amiable, impulsive lad, blessed with fine digestive powers, and no hypocrite. I didn't want to be an angel and with the angels stand.
Card catalog description
The boyhood adventures of a mischievous lad in nineteenth-century New England are based on the author's own experiences.
From the Publisher
5 1/2 x 8 1/2 trim. 71 drawings. LC 96-1905
About the Author
Thomas Aldrich was a literary lion of the nineteenth century in the United States. His masterpieces inspired countless others, including Mark Twain who based some of his Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer adventures on ideas put forth by Aldrich. Aldrich wrote a number of books, mainly fiction, but also notable poetry and history.
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