NEW YORK FOLKLORE QUARTERLY
Vol. XVI, No. 2, Summer, 1960
HAROLD FREDERIC AND NEW YORK FOLKLORE
Robert H. Woodward
THE New York novelist Harold Frederic was among the
first of the realistic regional writers. He was born in Utica,
New York, in 1856, the son of a New York Central Railroad
conductor and a seamstress. He was educated at the Advanced
School in Utica, from which he was graduated in 1871. After four
years of work as a printer and photograph retoucher, he began
his career in journalism as proofreader on the Utica Morning
Herald. Soon he transferred to the Utica Observer, and in 1880
he became editor of that newspaper.
From 1882 to 1884 he was editor of the Albany Evening Journal.
Beginning in June, 1884, he lived in London, serving as correspondent
for the New York Times. Except for two visits to the
United States and occasional trips to the Continent and Ireland,
he spent the remainder of his life in England. His Sunday cable
letters in the Times earned him respect as a news analyst, particularly
of Irish politics. He died after a stroke, on October 19,
In the course of his several novels and short stories dealing
with New York principally during the quarter century 1865–1890,
Frederic created a Congressional District, composed of three counties,
a locality which, he said, could be identified in a general way
with Central New York, but which should not be identified with
any specific villages or towns actually in existence. Nevertheless,
knowing that Frederic spent the first twenty-six years of his life in
and around Utica, we may safely assume that his fictional towns
named Octavius, Thessaly, and Tyre have their locality in the
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