He was also the author of dozens of stories for Godey's Lady's Book, the most
popular American monthly magazine in the antebellum era, and he published and
edited his own Arthur's Home Magazine, a periodical in the Godey's model, for
many years. Virtually forgotten now, Arthur did much to articulate and
disseminate the values, beliefs, and habits that defined respectable, decorous
middle-class life in antebellum America.