James Maurice Thompson (1844-1901) was an American velist. He first pursued a career as a lawyer. In 1871 he opened a law practice with his brother, William Henry Thompson. He was drawn away from the field of law by the success of articles and short stories published in the New York Tribune, Atlantic Monthly, and Harpera(TM)s Monthly. As a writer, he became well kwn as a local colorist, his works ranging from local history to articles about archery. His first book, Hoosier Mosaics, published in 1875, was a collection of short stories illustrating the people and atmosphere of small Indiana towns. He followed it with a successful compilation of his published essays, The Witchery of Archery, which was well received for its wit and use of common language. At this same time, Thompson also published several collections of naturalistic poetry, though they werena(TM)t well received at the time. Arguably his most successful and well-kwn vel came with 1900a(TM)s Alice of Old Vincennes. The vel vividly depicted Indiana during the Revolutionary War.