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Richard Malcolm Johnston (March 8, 1822 - September 23, 1898) was an American educator and author. Johnson was born in Powelton, Hancock County, Georgia. His father was a Baptist minister, and his early education was received at a country school and finished at Mercer University. After graduating there he spent a year teaching and then took up the study of law and was admitted to the Bar in 1843. In 1857, he accepted an appointment to the chair of belles-lettres and oratory at the University of Georgia in Athens, retaining it until the opening of the Civil War, when he began a school for boys on his farm near Sparta. This he kept going during the war, serving also for a time on the staff of General J.E. Brown, and helping to organize the state militia.

At the close of the war he moved to Maryland, where he opened the Penn Lucy School for boys near Baltimore. One of his teaching staff here was the poet Sidney Lanier, who persuaded him to begin to write for publication, although he was then over fifty years old. His first stories were sent to the Southern Magazine; others to The Century followed, and became immediately popular. He had the knack of story-telling that depicted the homely children of the soil, quaint characters that filled the memories of his youth, and he embalmed their fading images with facility and a faithful regard to accuracy that preserved the bourgeois type of old Middle Georgia. His style was serene and facile, mingling humour with moral philosophy. As a critic he had poetic sympathy with wise discrimination.

Johnston became a Catholic in 1875. His wife Frances Manfield, of old New England stock, had been received into the Church six months previously. He relates that he was thirty years old when he first saw a priest, and that his first investigations into the Faith were during the "Know-Nothing" campaign of 1855, when he read some of Bishop England's and Cardinal Newman's works to confute a political opponent. With his conversion the attendance at his school, which was long associated with Baptist patronage, declined, and he gave it up and devoted himself entirely to literature ... his popularity as a story writer having steadily increased ... and to lecturing on literary topics. His published works include: Dukesborough Tales (1871-81), in which the impressions of his early school days in Georgia were elaborated; Old Mark Langston (1884); Two Gray Tourists (1885); Mr. Absolom Billingslea and Other Georgia Folks (1888); The Primes (1891); Widow Guthrie (1890); Ogeechee Cross Firings (1889); Old Times in New Georgia (1897); a Life of Alexander H. Stephens with whom he had been associated in law practice (1878). A collection of essays was published in 1881, and he prepared a Historical Sketch of English Literature (1872), a textbook for advanced students, used at Johns Hopkins University and other institutions at which he gave lecture courses.

He died in Baltimore, Maryland.
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Total Books: 66
The Best American Humorous Short Stories
2017 - The Best American Humorous Short Stories (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781547295777
ISBN-10: 1547295775
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Best American Short Stories
2014 - The Best American Short Stories (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781496092144
ISBN-10: 1496092147

Life of Alexander H Stephens
2010 - Life of Alexander H Stephens (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781143697081
ISBN-10: 1143697081
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

The Primes And Their Neighbors Ten Tales Of Middle Georgia
2010 - The Primes and Their Neighbors Ten Tales of Middle Georgia [1891] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781120917515
ISBN-10: 1120917514
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Old Times in Middle Georgia
2010 - Old Times in Middle Georgia (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781141028542
ISBN-10: 1141028549

Dukesborough Tales by Philemon Perch
2010 - Dukesborough Tales By Philemon Perch (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781152886803
ISBN-10: 1152886800

Dukesborough Tales The Chronicles of Mr Bill Williams
2010 - Dukesborough Tales the Chronicles of Mr Bill Williams (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781152518933
ISBN-10: 1152518933

Mr Fortner's Marital Claims and Other Stories
2010 - Mr Fortner's Marital Claims and Other Stories (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781152426429
ISBN-10: 1152426427
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Lectures on Literature English French and Spanish
2010 - Lectures on Literature English French and Spanish (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781151502919
ISBN-10: 115150291X

Widow Guthrie A Novel
2009 - Widow Guthrie a Novel (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781151286772
ISBN-10: 115128677X

Pearce Amerson's Will
2009 - Pearce Amerson's Will (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781151493811
ISBN-10: 1151493813

Ogeechee Cross-Firings
2009 - Ogeechee Cross-firings (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781151443267
ISBN-10: 1151443263
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Mr Billy Downs and His Likes
2009 - Mr Billy Downs and His Likes (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780217436472
ISBN-10: 0217436471

Mr Absalom Billingslea and Other Georgia Folk
2009 - Mr Absalom Billingslea and Other Georgia Folk (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781150576409
ISBN-10: 1150576405

Old Mark Langston A Tale of Duke's Creek
2009 - Old Mark Langston a Tale of Duke's Creek (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781150467455
ISBN-10: 1150467452

Ogeechee Cross-Firings A Novel
2009 - Ogeechee Cross-firings a Novel [1889] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781120784285
ISBN-10: 112078428X
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Autobiography of Col Richard Malcolm Johnston
2009 - Autobiography of Col Richard Malcolm Johnston [1900] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781112431548
ISBN-10: 1112431543
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Studies Literary and Social
2009 - Studies Literary and Social (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780217561594
ISBN-10: 0217561594

Mr Fortner's marital claims
2009 - Mr Fortner's Marital Claims (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780217256261
ISBN-10: 0217256260
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Two Gray Tourists
2009 - Two Gray Tourists (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781459012257
ISBN-10: 1459012259

Lectures on Literature
2009 - Lectures on Literature (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781110865222
ISBN-10: 1110865228