WILLIAM T. "OLIVER OPTIC" ADAMS HANDWRITTEN QUOTE SIGNED, "Have a high aim, and strive to be true to it. William T. Adams, "Oliver Optic", 5.75 x 2.25, by the author of books of fiction for boys. In fine condition, mounted on a small piece album page, has writing on back with no show through, and part of a few words bottom left.
William T. "Oliver Optic" Adams (1822-1897) was a Boston public school teacher who wrote, under the pseudonym "Oliver Optic", 126 books of fiction for boys. His books contained more adventure than most of what was being written for young people then and so were controversial. Some libraries banned them as too "sensational," but young readers loved them. In 1871, no other author was borrowed so frequently from the Boston Public Library.