Author of Peck's Bad Boy

Author, Politician, Publisher, and Statesman

Burdett's Seriocomic Recitations and Readings
edited by James S. Burdett 1894

This 164 page book in wraps contains numerous short vignettes. Some are humorous (like Peck's contribution) while others are moralistic. Peck's 3.5 page blurb comes from Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa Chapter 19 His Pa is "Nishiated". It originally appeared in Peck's Sun.

This book was published by the Excelsior Publishing House in New York.

I have seen two different editions of this paperback. The top one is No. 32 in the Excelsior Library and is dated Jan. 15th, 1894. The bottom book has no date and is probably a reprint of the 1894 book.

Both books note "New Edition" on the title page. The earlier edition may have been "A New Collection of Comic Recitations and Humorous Readings" published in 1883 by Roorbach and Company and reprinted by the Excelsior Publishing House. Burdett included a short one page vignette "That Bad Boy Again" from Peck's Sun in the latter book.

1894 edition


Later edition


Peck's contribution


Last Revision: April 18, 2015