LibriVox volunteers bring you 9 recordings of Nocturne by Thomas Bailey Aldrich. This was the Weekly Poetry project for July 3, 2011.
Aldrich attended school in Portsmouth to prepare for college. This period of his life is partly described in his semi-autobiographical novel [i]The Story of a Bad Boy[/i] (1870), in which "Tom Bailey" is the juvenile hero. Critics have said that this novel contains the first realistic depiction of childhood in American fiction and prepared the ground for [i]Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.[/i]
Nocturne was taken from the Yale Book of American Verse, edited by Thomas R. Lounsbury (1838 - 1915)(Summary from Wikipedia)