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Author photo. Chicago Daily News negatives collection, DN-0003451. Courtesy of Chicago History Museum.

Chicago Daily News negatives collection, DN-0003451. Courtesy of Chicago History Museum.

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Thornton Waldo Burgess was born in Sandwich on January 14, 1874. Burgess graduated from Sandwich High School in 1891, and went on to attend a Business College in Boston from 1892-93. At the age of 17, Burgess briefly lived in Boston and then moved to Springfield, Massachusetts. He bought a place in Hampden, Massachusetts in 1925 and made it his permanent home in 1957. He published his first book, Old Mother West Wind, in 1910 Burgess was a naturalist and conservationist, and loved loved nature and its living creatures so much that he wrote about them for 50 years. By the time he retired, he had written more than 170 books and 15,000 stories for daily columns in newspapers. Burgess was also actively involved with conservation efforts. Some of his projects over his lifetime included: The Green Meadow Club for land conservation programs. The Bedtime Stories Club for wildlife protection programs, the Happy Jack Squirrel Saving Club for War Savings Stamps & Bonds, the Radio Nature League broadcast from WBZA Springfield, MA., as well as helping to pass laws protecting migrant wildlife. For his efforts, an Honorary Literary Degree was bestowed upon Burgess in 1938 from Northeastern University. The Boston Museum of Science awarded him a gold medal for "leading children down the path to the wide wonderful world of the outdoors." He was also awarded the distinguished Service Medal of the Permanent Wildlife Protection Fund. In 1960, Burgess published his last book, Now I Remember, an autobiography. That same year, Burgess at the age of 83, had published his 15,000th story. From 1912 to 1960, without interruption, Burgess wrote a syndicated daily newspaper column titled "Bedtime Stories". Thornton Burgess died June 5, 1965, at the age of 91. The Thornton W. Burgess Society was incorporated in 1976. (Bowker Author Biography)
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The Burgess Bird Book for Children 1,100 copies, 3 reviews
Old Mother West Wind 863 copies, 6 reviews
The Adventures of Reddy Fox 806 copies, 2 reviews
The Adventures of Buster Bear 678 copies, 2 reviews
The Adventures of Jimmy Skunk 562 copies, 2 reviews
The Adventures of Prickly Porky 556 copies, 2 reviews
The Adventures of Johnny Chuck 495 copies, 2 reviews
The Adventures of Jerry Muskrat 493 copies, 1 review
The Adventures of Bobby Coon 458 copies, 1 review
Mother West Wind's Children 449 copies, 3 reviews
The Adventures of Old Mr. Toad 443 copies, 1 review
Blacky the Crow 384 copies, 1 review
Mother West Wind's Neighbors 338 copies, 2 reviews
The Adventures of Sammy Jay 310 copies, 2 reviews
Mrs. Peter Rabbit 258 copies, 1 review
The Adventures of Happy Jack 243 copies, 1 review
The Adventures of Mr. Mocker 235 copies, 1 review
Old Granny Fox 182 copies, 2 reviews
Bowser the Hound 166 copies, 2 reviews
The Adventures of Bob White 158 copies, 1 review
Whitefoot the Wood Mouse 157 copies, 1 review
Mother West Wind "How" Stories 144 copies, 1 review
Mother West Wind "When" Stories 133 copies, 1 review
Billy Mink 78 copies
The Dear Old Briar-Patch 44 copies, 1 review
Animal Tales 26 copies, 1 review
Favorite Tales 25 copies, 1 review
The Three Little Bears 8 copies, 1 review
Along Laughing Brook 8 copies, 1 review
Neighbors 1 copy
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