The Story of a Bad Boy

book by Thomas Bailey Aldrich

The Story of a Bad Boy is a book by Thomas Bailey Aldrich. It is based in part on his life as a boy in New Hampshire. The book is considered the first in the "bad boy" genre of literature. The story was first published in parts (serialization) in 1869 in the magazine Our Young Folks.[1] It was published in book form in 1870.

The Story of a Bad Boy
Story of a Bad Boy title page.jpg
First edition title page
AuthorThomas Bailey Aldrich
Original titleThe Story of a Bad Boy
CountryUnited States
GenreSemi-autobiographical novel
PublisherFields, Osgood, & Co.
Publication date
Media typePrint


  1. Goodman, Susan. Republic of Words: The Atlantic Monthly and Its Writers, 1857–1925. University Press of New England, 2011: 142. ISBN 978-1-58465-985-3

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