John Townsend Trowbridge (1827-1916) was a popular American author. His papers are located at the Houghton Library at Harvard University. Trowbridge received an unremarkable education, and after teaching and working on a farm for one year in Illinois, settled in New York City where he wrote for journals and magazines. Trowbridge wrote numerous works under the pseudonym of Paul Creyton, including: The Midshipman's Revenge (1849), Kate the Accomplice; or, The Preacher and the Burglar (1849), The Deserted Family; or, Wanderings of an Outcast (1853), Father Brighthopes; or, An Old Clergyman's Vacation (1853), Burr Cliff: Its Sunshine and its Clouds (1853), Martin Merrivale: His X Mark (1854) and Iron Thorpe (1855). He also wrote Neighbor Jackwood (1857), an antislavery novel; The Old Battle-Ground (1859), Cudjo's Cave (1864), The Three Scouts (1865), Lucy Arlyn (1866), Neighbors' Wives (1867), Coupon Bonds, and Other Stories (1873), and Farnell's Folly. Among his very many juvenile tales are The Drummer Boy (1891), The Man Who Stole a Meeting- House (1895), The Prize Cup, The Lottery Ticket, The Tide- Mill Stories, The Toby Trafford Series, and the Jack Hazard series.
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