In 1869 Thomas Bailey Aldrich introduced to American literature the "bad boy" who plays harmless pranks, devises exciting adventures, has an occasional bout of love-sickness, is bored on Sundays, and is well-liked by almost everyone. This character is most familiar through the works of Mark Twain, but it was in Aldrich's "Story of a Bad Boy" that he made his first appearance. As generations of readers purchased more than 50 editions of the book, Aldrich's novel quickly became a classic. With this book in hand, one can rediscover Portsmouth, New Hampshire of the 1840s, and most especially the Aldrich House itself, preserved much as Aldrich knew it and now part of Strawbery Banke Museum. 1990 reprint, paperback, 286 pages.