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The New McGuffey Fourth Reader
by William H. McGuffey, Compiler

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Arthur, Timothy S.
An American writer, born near Newburgh,

New York, in 1809. Most of his life was passed in Baltimore and

Philadelphia. He wrote more than a hundred volumes, nearly all of

which are now forgotten. His best-known work is a temperance tale

entitled "Ten Nights in a Bar-room." He died in 1885.

Browning, Robert.
An English poet, born near London in 1812. He

was educated at London University, and spent most of his life in

Italy. He was the author of many volumes of poetry. He died at

Venice in 1889.

Bryant, William Cullen.
An American poet, born at Cummington,

Massachusetts, in 1794; died in New York in 1878. His poems

relate for the most part to subjects connected with the woods and

fields and the beauties of nature. For fifty years he was the

editor of the New York Evening Post.

Burroughs, John.
An American writer, born at Roxbury, New York,

in 1837. His writings include many delightful essays on out-door

subjects. Among his best books are "Wake-Robin,"" Birds and

Poets," "Winter Sunshine," and "Fresh Fields."

Cooke, John Esten.
An American writer, born at Winchester,

Virginia, in 1830. Among his works are a number of interesting

stories and sketches of life in Virginia. He died in 1886.

Cutter, George W.
An American writer, whose home was in

Washington, D.C. His most popular work is the short poem entitled

"The Song of Steam." He was born in 1801; died in 1865.

Dickens, Charles.
One of the most famous of English novelists,

born at Landport, near Portsmouth, England, in 1812. His greatest

novel is "David Copperfield," but some of his most pleasing work

is found in the "Pickwick Papers." Among his other writings are

"The Old Curiosity Shop," "Dombey and Son," "Martin Chuzzlewit,"

and "Nicholas Nickleby." His "Christmas Carol" and other

Christmas stories are delightful reading. He died at Gadshill in


Dodge, Mary Napes.
An American author, born at New York in 1838.

She has been the editor of St. Nicholas since its beginning in

1875, and has written several charming stories for children.

Drummond, Henry.
A Scottish clergyman, author, and naturalist.

His most popular work is "Tropical Africa"; but he also wrote

many sermons, essays, and religious books. He died in 1897.

Elizabeth, Charlotte.
An English writer, Charlotte Elizabeth

Browne Tonna, born at Norwich in 1790. She wrote some novels, and

several tracts on religious subjects, and was editor of the

Christian Lady's Magazine, but her works are now seldom read. She

died in 1846.

Emerson, Ralph Waldo.
A famous American writer and philosopher,

born at Boston in 1803; died in 1882. His works are included in

fourteen volumes of essays, poems, and criticisms.

Everett, Edward.
An American statesman and orator, born in

Massachusetts in 1794; died in 1865.

Field, Eugene.
A popular American journalist and poet, born in

Missouri in 1850, died at Chicago in 1896. His best poems are

contained in the volumes entitled "Love Songs of Childhood" and

"A Little Book of Western Verse."

Fields, James T.
An American publisher and author, born at

Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in 1817. He wrote a little poetry, and

a few well-known prose works, among which his "Yesterdays with

Authors" is the best. He died at Boston in 1881.

Flagg, Ellen H.
An American writer of verses, whose home was in

the South. Her best-known production is "The Blue and the Gray."

Froude, James Anthony.
An English writer, born in Devonshire in

1818. His writings relate chiefly to historical subjects, and

include a "History of England" and "Short Studies on Great

Subjepts," both of which are works of the highest order. He died

in 1894.

Gallagher, William D.
An American journalist born in Pennsylvania

in 1808. The greater part of his life was spent in Kentucky, and

his best poems relate to Western and Southern subjects. He died

in 1894.

Gilder, Richard Watson.
An American editor and poet, born at

Bordentown, New Jersey, in 1844. He was for many years the editor

of Lee Century Magazine. His works are collected in a volume

entitled "Five Books of Song."

Hawthorne, Nathaniel.
One of the greatest of American prose

writers, born at Salem, Massachusetts, in 1804. Besides writing

some famous novels, he was the author of "The Wonder Book,"

"Tanglewood Tales," and "Grandfather's Chair," delightful books

for children. He died at Plymouth, New Hampshire, in 1864.

Hughes, Thomas.
An English writer, born near Newbury in 1823. He

is well known in this country as the author of "Tom Brown's

School Days at Rugby," an excellent book for boys. He died in


Key, Francis Scott.
An American lawyer and author of "The

Star-Spangled Banner," was born in Maryland in 1779; died in


La Coste, Marie.
An American writer whose home was in the South.

She is remembered for the single poem, "Somebody's Darling".

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth.
One of the greatest of American

poets, born at Portland, Maine, in 1807. He held for some years

the professorship of Modern Languages in Bowdoin College, and

later a similar professorship in Harvard College. Many of his

poems are well known to all young readers. He died in Cambridge

in 1882.

Mackay, Charles.
A Scottish poet, born at Perth in 1814. He was

editor of the Illustrated London News for several years, and

wrote three or four volumes of poems. He died in London in 1889.

Macdonald, George.
A Scottish writer, born at Huntly, Scotland,

in 1824. He was the author of a number of popular novels, of

several books for the young, and of two or three works on

religious subjects.

Michelet, Jules.
A famous French historian and miscellaneous

writer, born in Paris in 1798. He died in 1872.

Mitford, Mary Russell.
An English author, born in Hampshire in

1787. She wrote several dramas and poems besides numerous stories

for children. Her most popular work is "Our Village." She died in


Musick, John R.
An American writer born in Missouri in 1849; died

in 1901. He was the author of several works relating to American


Moodie, Susanna.
An English author, born in 1803. She was the

sister of the noted historical writer, Agnes Strickland. Her best

book is "Roughing it in the Bush," a record of experiences in the

backwoods of Canada. She died in 1885.

Peck, Samuel Minturn.
An American author, born at Tuskaloosa,

Alabama, in 1854. He has written several popular songs and some


Procter, Adelaide Anne.
An English poet, daughter of Bryan Waller

Procter, born in London in 1825. She wrote one volume of poems,

entitled, "Legends and Lyrics." She died in 1864.

Riley, James Whitcomb.
An American poet, born at Greenfield,

Indiana, in 1853. Much of his poetry is In Western dialect. He

was author of "Rhymes of Childhood," "Afterwhiles," "A Child

World," "Neighborly Poems," and several other volumes of verses.

Sangster, Margaret E.
An American author and journalist, born in

New Rochelle, New York, in 1838, has written many volumes on

social and religious subjects besides several books of verses.

Save, John Godfrey.
An American poet, born at Highgate, Vermont,

in 1816. Most of his poems are humorous, and have been very

popular. He died at Albany, New York, 1887.

Simms, William Gilmore.
An American writer, born at

Charleston, South Carolina, in 1806. He wrote several novels,

most of them relating to life in the South. He was also the

author of a volume of poems, and of a history of South Carolina.

He died in 1870.

Stockton, Frank R..
An American writer, born at Philadelphia in

1834. Among his books for children are "Roundabout Rambles" and

"Tales out of School:" He has also written a number of novels and

several volumes of shorter stories for grown-up people.

Tennyson, Alfred.
One of the greatest of English poets, born in

Lincolnshire in 1809. He was made poet-laureate in 1850. Many of

his poems are well known to young readers' and very popular. He

died in 1892.

Thaxter, Celia Leighton.
An American writer, born at Portsmouth,

New Hampshire, in 1835. She wrote "Among the Isles of Shoals,"

and some other volumes of prose, but is remembered chiefly for

her "Poems for Children." She died in 1894.

Timrod, Henry.
An American poet, born in Charleston, South

Carolina, in 1829. His poems, published in a single volume, have

been much admired. He died in 1867.

Todd, John.
An American clergyman and author, born at Rutland,

Vermont, in 1800. He wrote "Lectures for Children" and the

"Student's Manual," books once popular, but now almost. He died

at Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in 1873.

Trowbridge, John Townsend.
An American writer, born at Ogden, New

York, in 1827. He was the author of a large number of popular

books for boys, besides several volumes of poetry and some

successful novels.

Warner, Charles Dudley.
An American author, born at Plainfield,

Massachusetts, in 1829. He was the author of many volumes of

essays and sketches, and of "Being a Boy," a book for younger

readers. He died in 1900.

Woodworth, Samuel.
An American author and editor, born at

Scituate, Massachusetts, in 1785. He wrote several poems, but he

is remembered chiefly as the writer of "The Old Oaken Bucket." He

died at New York in 1842.



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