The Story of a Bad Boy

Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836 - 1907)

Thomas Bailey Aldrich was a child when his father moved to New Orleans from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. After 10 years, Aldrich was sent back to Portsmouth to prepare for college. This period of his life is partly described in his semi-autobiographical novel The Story of a Bad Boy (1870), in which "Tom Bailey" is the juvenile hero. Critics have said that this novel contains the first realistic depiction of childhood in American fiction and prepared the ground for Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Aldrich went on to associate with many of the literati of his time in New York City, and was editor of the Atlantic Monthly in the 1880's.

His son died of Tuberculosis in Saranac lake, NY, and the family house is now a Bed and Breakfast there. The Aldrich house in Portsmouth is part of the Strawberry Banke Museum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. (Summary by Samanem)

Genre(s): Children's Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - In Which I Introduce Myself Don Halpert
00:05:40
Play 02 02 - In Which I Entertain Peculiar Views Esther
00:07:57
Play 03 03 - On Board the Typhoon alwpoe
00:11:14
Play 04 04 - Rivermouth alwpoe
00:14:53
Play 05 05 - The Nutter House and the Nutter Family alwpoe
00:14:56
Play 06 06 - Lights and Shadows Cate Barratt
00:25:46
Play 07 07 - One Memorable Night Don Halpert
00:20:22
Play 08 08 - The Adventures of a Fourth Cate Barratt
00:14:14
Play 09 09 - I Become an R. M. C. John Hoerr
00:12:21
Play 10 10 - I Fight Conway John Hoerr
00:16:24
Play 11 11 - All About Gypsy Kenneth Sergeant Gaghan
00:12:25
Play 12 12 - Winter at Rivermouth Kenneth Sergeant Gaghan
00:11:40
Play 13 13 - The Snow Fort on Slatter's Hill Don Halpert
00:14:45
Play 14 14 - The Cruise of the Dolphin EliMarieHK
00:36:21
Play 15 15 - An Old Acquaintance Turns Up Cate Barratt
00:16:20
Play 16 16 - In Which Sailor Ben Spins a Yarn Don Halpert
00:18:09
Play 17 17 - How We Astonished the Rivermouthians Jules Hawryluk
00:30:23
Play 18 18 - A Frog He Would A-Wooing Go Cate Barratt
00:19:41
Play 19 19 - I Become A Blighted Being Cate Barratt
00:08:32
Play 20 20 - I Prove Myself To Be the Grandson of My Grandfather Cate Barratt
00:21:07
Play 21 21 - In Which I Leave Rivermouth Don Halpert
00:09:15
Play 22 22 - Exeunt Omnes Don Halpert
00:08:01