T. S. Arthur's Making Haste to Be Rich, the Temptation and the Fall is a story of two friends and their paths to success and happiness. This, like Arthur's novels are of a high moral and filled with character-building lessons. His works are wholesome, inculcate morality and purify the feelings - by tastefully illustrating the beauties of virtue, and the iniquities of vice. "It is not good, depend upon it, this making haste to be rich. There is a saying of old king Solomon's, that always forces itself upon my mind, when I see men pressing eagerly forward in the race for gold. 'He who makes haste to be rich, shall not be innocent.'" Timothy Shay Arthur was a popular 19th-century American author most famous for his temperance novel Ten Nights in a Bar-Room and What I Saw There. He was also the author of dozens of stories for Godey's Lady's Book. Arthur did much to articulate and disseminate the values, beliefs, and habits that defined respectable life in America. Arthur was one of the most popular and widely read author of his time.