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by Oliver Optic (William Taylor Adams)

This Series contains 4 existing novels:

1) Outward Bound 

2) Dikes and Ditches

3) Down the Rhine 

4) Young America in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark


The author hopes that the volumes of the series will not only be instructive as a description of foreign lands, and interesting as a record of juvenile exploits, but that they will convey correct views of moral and social duties, and stimulate the young reader to their faithful performance.


About the Author:

Oliver Optic (William Taylor Adams)  (July 30, 1822 – March 27, 1897) was a noted academic, author, and Massachusetts state legislator. He was born in Medway, Massachusetts in 1822 to Captain Laban Adams and Catherine Johnson Adams.

He became a teacher in the Boston, Massachusetts public schools in 1845, and remained in that capacity through 1865. In 1846, he married Sarah Jenkins, with whom he had two children. He served as a member of the School Board of Dorchester, Massachusetts, for 14 years. In 1869, he became a member of the Massachusetts General Court. He died in Dorchester in 1897.

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