George William Curtis (February 24, 1824 - August 31, 1892) was an American writer and public speaker, born in Providence, Rhode Island, of old New England stock.
In 1863 he became the political editor of Harper's Weekly, which was highly influential in shaping public opinion. Curtis's writing was always clear and direct, displaying fairness of mind and good temper. He had high moral standards. From month to month he contributed to Harper's Monthly, under the title of "The Easy Chair," brief essays on topics of social and literary interest, charming in style, touched with delicate humour and instinct with generous spirit.
The August 27, 1893 edition of the New York Times had this to say about the book:
Easily slips this little book into the fluent literature of the hour. Convenient in size, delightful in form, ready on a moment's notice to give a half day or a half hour of pleasure, appealing to the most fastidious and difficult of refined tastes, yet with food for the multitude of average readers, it will fill its place gracefully and meet with its welcome from the West and East, from the North and South.
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