Who is Samuel Griswold Goodrich

Samuel Griswold Goodrich (August 19, 1793 – May 9, 1860), better known under his pseudonym Peter Parley, was an American author.


Goodrich was born at Ridgefield, Connecticut, the son of a Congregational minister. Goodrich was largely self-educated, and became an assistant in a country store at Danbury, Connecticut, which he left in 1808, and later again at Hartford, Connecticut, until 1811. From 1816 to 1822 he was a bookseller and publisher in Hartford. He visited Europe from 1823 to 1824, and moved to Boston in 1826. In 1833 he bought 45 acres (180,000 m2) in nearby Roxbury and built a home in what is now Jamaica Plain. There he continued in the publishing business, and from 1828 to 1842 published an illustrated annual, The Token, to which he was a fr...
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  • The Sea-bird
    Far, far o'er the deep is my island throne,
    Where the sea-gull roams and reigns alone;
    Where nought is seen but the beetling rock,
    And nought is heard but the ocean-shock, ...
  • A Dream Of Life
    When I was young long, long ago
    I dreamed myself among the flowers;
    And fancy drew the picture so,
    They seemed like Fairies in their bowers. ...
  • Thoughts At Sea
    Here is the boundless ocean, there the sky,
    O'er-arching broad and blue
    Telling of God and heaven how deep, how high,
    How glorious and true! ...
  • Good Night
    The sun has sunk behind the hills,
    The shadows o'er the landscape creep;
    A drowsy sound the woodland fills,
    And nature folds her arms to sleep: ...
  • Perennials
    Life is a journey, and its fairest flowers
    Lie in our path beneath pride's trampling feet;
    Oh, let us stoop to virtue's humble bowers,
    And gather those, which, faded, still are sweet. ...
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