Hamilton Wright Mabie, A.M., L.H. D., LL. D. (1846-1916) was an American essayist, editor, critic, and lecturer. He was born at Cold Spring, N. Y. and educated at Williams College (1867) and the Columbia Law School (1869). American culture is indebted to him for helping to spread, by his lectures as well as his writings, a love of good reading in the United States. He received honorary degrees from his own alma mater, from Union College, and from Western Reserve and Washington and Lee universities. He was also the editor of a number of collections of famous works for children. Amongst his works are Under the Trees and Elsewhere (1891), Books and Culture (1897), Essays on Work and Culture (1898), A Child of Nature (1901) and Works and Days (1902).