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Thornton W. Burgess

a.k.a. Thornton Waldo Burgess

Author Code: ATWB

Born: Jan. 14, 1874 - Sandwich, Massachusetts, USA

Died: Jun. 5, 1965 - Hampden, Massachusetts, USA

Educated at Sandwich High School and a Boston business college, Burgess decided that he would rather write than study business. He took a job with the Phelps Publishing Company in Springfield, Massachusetts as an editorial assistant. He worked in that capacity for a number of years, while producing short stories. In 1910, he published his first book, Old Mother West Wind, in which he used Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit as one of the characters - although at the time he caled it Peter Cottontail. A staunch conservationist, Burgess used the importance of wildlife habitat in all of his works and his Radio Nature League ran for over four years from 1925. Burgess invented numerous characters for his books including Chippy Chipmunk, Reddy Fox, Jimmy Skunk and Grandfather Frog. He produced children's books for over fifty years, publishing his final book, Now I Remember, his autobiography, in 1960. He and his second wife, Fannie, moved permanently to Hampden in 1957 to a house they had purchased in 1925 and had used periodically. Burgess was awarded an Honorary Literary Degree from Northeastern University and received the Distinguished Service Medal of the Permanent Wildlife Protection Fund. Burgess also wrote a syndicated newspaper column, Bedtime Stories, for over forty years and produced some 15,000 stories and over 170 books during his long career. These works include Mother West Wind's Neighbours (1913), The Adventures of Mr. Mocker (1914), My Own Bedtime Story (1915), Happy Jack (1918), Lightfoot the Deer (1921), Animal Pictures (1925), Wild Flowers We Know (1929), Big Book of Green Meadow Stories (1932), The Book of Animal Life (1937), Little Peter's Adventure (1941), Along Laughing Brook (1949), Peter Rabbit and Reddy Fox (1954) and Bedtime Stories (1959).

eBook Code Title/Sub-Title Pub. Yr Pages File Size Type Download Format Find Printed Copy
ATWB001 The Adventures of Mr. Mocker 1914 29 338k eBook Download PDF - 'The Adventures of Mr. Mocker' (ATWB001)   Download ePub - 'The Adventures of Mr. Mocker' (ATWB001) Find a printed copy of The Adventures of Mr. Mocker by Thornton W. Burgess at AbeBooks
ATWB002 Old Mother West Wind 1910 36 200k eBook Download PDF - 'Old Mother West Wind' (ATWB002)   Download ePub - 'Old Mother West Wind' (ATWB002) Find a printed copy of Old Mother West Wind by Thornton W. Burgess at AbeBooks

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