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Thornton Waldo Burgess (January 17, 1874 – June 5, 1965) was a conservationist and author of children's stories . Burgess loved the beauty of nature and its living creatures so much that he wrote about them for 50 years in books and his newspaper column, Bedtime Stories . He was sometimes known as the Bedtime Story-Man . By the time he retired, he had written more than 170 books and 15,000 stories for the daily newspaper column.

Graduating from Sandwich High School in 1891, Burgess briefly attended a business college in Boston from 1892 to 1893, living in Somerville, Massachusetts , at that time. But he disliked studying business and wanted to be an author. He relocated to Springfield, Massachusetts , where he accepted a job as an editorial assistant at the Phelps Publishing Company. His first stories were written using the pseudonym W. B. Thornton . [3]

Burgess married Nina Osborne in 1905, but she died only a year later, leaving him to raise their son alone. It is said that he began writing bedtime stories to entertain his young son, Thornton III. [4] Burgess remarried in 1911; his wife Fannie had two children by a previous marriage. The couple later bought a home in Hampden, Massachusetts in 1925, that became Burgess' permanent residence in 1957. His second wife died in August 1950. Burgess returned frequently to Sandwich, which he always claimed as his birthplace and spiritual home. Many of his childhood experiences and the people he knew there influenced his interest and were the impetus for his concern for wildlife. [2]

Uploaded by librivoxbooks on May 17, 2008

Uploaded by librivoxbooks on May 17, 2008

Thornton Waldo Burgess (January 17, 1874 – June 5, 1965) was a conservationist and author of children's stories . Burgess loved the beauty of nature and its living creatures so much that he wrote about them for 50 years in books and his newspaper column, Bedtime Stories . He was sometimes known as the Bedtime Story-Man . By the time he retired, he had written more than 170 books and 15,000 stories for the daily newspaper column.

Graduating from Sandwich High School in 1891, Burgess briefly attended a business college in Boston from 1892 to 1893, living in Somerville, Massachusetts , at that time. But he disliked studying business and wanted to be an author. He relocated to Springfield, Massachusetts , where he accepted a job as an editorial assistant at the Phelps Publishing Company. His first stories were written using the pseudonym W. B. Thornton . [3]

Burgess married Nina Osborne in 1905, but she died only a year later, leaving him to raise their son alone. It is said that he began writing bedtime stories to entertain his young son, Thornton III. [4] Burgess remarried in 1911; his wife Fannie had two children by a previous marriage. The couple later bought a home in Hampden, Massachusetts in 1925, that became Burgess' permanent residence in 1957. His second wife died in August 1950. Burgess returned frequently to Sandwich, which he always claimed as his birthplace and spiritual home. Many of his childhood experiences and the people he knew there influenced his interest and were the impetus for his concern for wildlife. [2]

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