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Edward Everett Hale
( Originally Published Early 1900's )
Among the most busy and productive leaders of Bos-ton for nearly half the Century has been Edward Everett Hale. Born in 1822, he was educated at the Latin School and Harvard College. For ten years from 1846 he was pastor of a church in Worcester, and then took charge of the South Church in Boston. By personal effort as well as by his writings he has helped to organize societies for doing good in manifold ways. One of his enterprises was the magazine, "Old and New," which was finally merged in "Scribner's Monthly;" another was "Lend a Hand," which represents organized charity. Besides these he has written a pile of books, including histories, novels, poems and short stories. All of his books were written for instruction, some for spiritual or moral pur-poses. The most famous is "The Man Without a Country" (1862), a story intended to inculcate loyalty to the Federal Government. Though pure fiction, it was told in such a realistic way as to be taken for fact. Other stories illustrate his power of making impossibilities appear real, as the comical "My Double and How he Undid Me," and "The Skeleton in the Closet." "The Brick Moon," is in the style of Jules Verne. Among the other stories which have had wide effect for good are "Ten Times One Is Ten," and "In His Name." The novels include "Philip Nolan's Friends," "Mr. Tangier's Vacations," and "Ups and Downs." Several books of travel are grouped together under the general name, "A Family Flight." The story of his early days is told in "A New England Boyhood." All his books show a true literary instinct, good sense and sound morality.