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Early American Fiction Collection

EAF Author: David Ross Locke (1833-1888)

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David Ross Locke was born in New York. He entered the literary world early as an apprentice printer, and soon took off on an itinerant career of journalism. As a reporter, editor, and printer, Locke worked for many publications across the U. S. He adopted the pseudonym "Rev. Petroleum Vesuvius Nasby," under which he wrote letters lampooning current politics. The Nasby letters were popular, and Abraham Lincoln is said to have read them to his Cabinet. Eventually, Locke collected his Nasby writings into various books and humorous lectures.

Contemporary Biographies

From Oscar Fay Adams, A Dictionary of American Authors (1901)

From Samuel Austin Allibone, A Critical Dictionary of English Literature (1900)