Maturin Murray Ballou


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(1820–95), son of Hosea Ballou, was a Boston publisher, editor, and author noted for his production of popular literature for the masses. His journals included Flag of Our Union, Gleason's Pictorial Drawing Room Companion, Ballou's Dollar Monthly, and the Boston Globe. He was the first American editor to demand a set form of construction and type of plot, and as such was the forerunner of the dime-novel publishers. In addition to many volumes of sensational fiction, most of them issued under the pseudonym Lieutenant Murray, he wrote several travel books.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.