Arlo Bates

Arlo Bates

About Arlo Bates

Arlo Bates (December 16, 1850 in East Machias, Maine – August 26, 1918, in Boston, Massachusetts) was an American journalist, poet, writer and university lecturer. Alan Bates, son of doctor Niran Bates and his wife Susan Thaxter Bates, completed an undergraduate degree at Bowdoin College after attending Washington Academy, graduating in 1876 with a Bachelor of Arts. He then completed postgraduate studies with a Master of Arts. He began his editorial career in January, 1878, as editor of the Broadside, a paper devoted to the cause of civil service reform, and published under the auspices of the Young Men's Republican Committee of Massachusetts. In 1880 he became editor-in-chief of the Boston Sunday Courier, which he continued to manage until 1898. In the meanwhile, his ability as a writer brought him recognition in all circles, and in 1898 he became professor of English literature and composition in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Besides numerous short poems, tales and articles in the magazines, Bates is the author of many books including Patty's Perversities, a novel in the Round Robin Series (1891); Mr. F. Seymour Hayden and Engraving (1882); Mr. Jacobs (1883), a parody on Marion Crawford's Mr. Isaacs; The Pagans (1884); A Wheel of Fire (1885); Berries of the Brier, a collection of verse (1886); A Lad's Love; Campobello story (1887); The Philistines (1889); Albrecht (1890); A Book o' Nine Tales (1891); The Poet and His Self (1891); Told in the Gate (1892), and Talks on the Study of Literature (1897).
He was also a correspondent for the daily newspapers The Providence Journal and Chicago Tribune. In 1900, he became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 1905 of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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