The Works of Thornton Burgess. The Original Books Collection. Thornton Waldo Burgess (January 14, 1874 – June 5, 1965). Born in Sandwich, Massachusetts was a conservationist and author of children's stories. Burgess loved the beauty of nature and its living creatures so much that he wrote about them for 50 years in books and his newspaper column, "Bedtime Stories". He was sometimes known as the Bedtime Story-Man. By the time he retired, he had written more than 170 books and 15,000 stories for the daily newspaper column.