James Thomas Fields

James Thomas Fields

Writer and Publisher
Born Dec 31, 1817

James Thomas Fields was an American publisher, editor, and poet.

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1817 Birth He was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on December 31, 1817 and named James Field; the family later added the "s". … Read More


1837 19 Years Old His first published poetry was included in the Portsmouth Journal in 1837 but he drew more attention when, on September 13, 1838, he delivered his "Anniversary Poem" to the Boston Mercantile Library Association.


1839 21 Years Old In 1839, he joined William Ticknor and became junior partner in the publishing and bookselling firm known after 1845 as Ticknor and Fields. … Read More
1844 26 Years Old Sometime in 1844, Fields was engaged to Mary Willard, a local woman six years younger than him. … Read More


1850 32 Years Old He maintained a close friendship with her family and, on March 13, 1850, married her 18-year-old sister Eliza Willard at Boston's Federal Street Church. … Read More
1854 36 Years Old In 1854, Fields married Annie Adams, who was an author herself. … Read More


1861 43 Years Old Ticknor and Fields purchased The Atlantic Monthly for $10,000 and, about two years later in May 1861, Fields took over the editorship from Lowell. … Read More
After Hawthorne's death in 1864, Fields served as a pallbearer for his funeral alongside Bronson Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Edwin Percy Whipple. … Read More


1868 50 Years Old In 1868 the business became Fields, Osgood, and Company, recognizing James R. Osgood.
1871 53 Years Old On New Year's Day, 1871, Fields announced his retirement at a small gathering of friends. … Read More


1879 61 Years Old In May 1879, Fields suffered a brain hemorrhage and collapsed before a scheduled lecture at Wellesley College. … Read More
1881 63 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 1881, he gave what would be his final public lecture, coincidentally at the Mercantile Library Association, the organization which hosted his first public reading.
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