About the Author
Maturin Murray Ballou (April 14, 1820 – March 27, 1895) was a writer and publisher in 19th-century Boston, Massachusetts. He co-founded Gleason's Pictorial, was the first editor of the Boston Daily Globe, and wrote numerous travel books and works of popular fiction. Selected Non-fiction Books Include: Biography of Rev. Hosea Ballou. Boston: A. Tompkins, 1852. Life story of Hosea Ballou: for the young. Boston: Tompkins, 1854. Treasury of thought. forming an encyclopædia of quotations from ancient and modern authors. Boston, J.R. Osgood and Co., 1872. Pearls of thought. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Company, 1881. Notable thoughts about women: a literary mosaic. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1882. Edge-tools of speech. Boston, Ticknor and Co., 1886. Genius in sunshine and shadow. Boston, Ticknor and Co., 1887. Travel Books include: Will Cuba come into the Union? History of Cuba; or, notes of a traveller in the tropics.: Being a political, historical, and statistical account of the island, from its first discovery, to the present time. Boston, Mass.: Published by Phillips, Sampson & Co., 1854. History of Cuba, or, Notes of a traveller in the tropics being a political, historical, and statistical account of the island, from its first discovery to the present time. Boston: New York: Phillips, Sampson and Company, 1854.