Book submission: The Good Time Coming

Title: The Good Time Coming
Author: Arthur, T.S.
Publication date: Philadelphia, 1855
Library: The University of Iowa Main Library
Call number: PS 1039.A77G63 1855
Submitted by: Amanda Rasmussen
Timothy Shay Arthur, also known as T.S. Arthur, was a popular 19th-century American author. Arthur was born in 1809 in New York but relocated to Baltimore, Maryland in his youth, were he would remain the majority of his adult life. Poor health in childhood caused Arthur’s education to be mostly self-taught and prohibited him from pursuing most professional careers. Finding a literary niche, Arthur started the Baltimore Literary Monument and became an editor for the Baltimore Merchant. In 1840, he joined the Washingtonian Temperance Society, which heavily influenced his literary works. Although Arthur authored a wealth of periodicals, short stories, and novels, he is best known for his temperance writings, the most famous of which is Ten Nights in a Bar-Room and What I Saw There (1854). Another pro-temperance work is, The Good Time Coming which was published the next year in 1855. Arthur passed away in his Philadelphia home in 1885.

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