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Boston weekly magazine, of which Nathaniel Willis was a founder, provided an amusing and instructive children's periodical unconnected with Sunday schools. Early contributors included the editor's son N. P. Willis, Felicia Hemans, and Lydia Huntley Sigourney. In 1857 it was purchased by Daniel Sharp Ford, who raised the circulation from 4000 to 500,000 before his death (1899), and began to print material for adult reading. The authors included Harriet Beecher Stowe, Gladstone, Tennyson, Whittier, Sarah Orne Jewett, Hardy, Kipling, T. H. Huxley, C. E. Craddock, James Bryce, Louisa May Alcott, and Rebecca Harding Davis. Before the turn of the century, the list of contributors included Howells, J. T. Trowbridge, Stevenson, Theodore Roosevelt, Jules Verne, Cleveland, Jack London, Aldrich, Garland, and Woodrow Wilson. In 1929 the magazine was merged with The American Boy, suspended in 1941. An anthology of selections was issued in 1954.

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