Frank Gelett Burgess was an artist, art critic, poet, author and humorist. An important figure in the San Francisco Bay Area literary renaissance of the 1890s, particularly through his iconoclastic little magazine, The Lark, he is best known as a writer of nonsense verse. He was the author of the popular Goops books, and he invented the blurb.
Born in Boston, Burgess was "raised among staid, conservative New England gentry". He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduating with a B.S. in 1887. After graduation, Burgess fled conservative Boston for the livelier bohemia of San Francisco, where he took a job working as a draftsman for the... more »
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- The Purple Cow
- A Woman's Reason
- The Goops
- The Purple Cow: Suite
- The Floorless Room
- The Lazy Roof
- An Alphabet of Famous Goops
- On Digital Extremities
- My Feet
- I'd Rather Have Habits Than Clothes
- Nonsense Verses
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''I'm Sorry, now, I Wrote it,Gelett Burgess (1866-1951), U.S. poet. Ah, Yes, I Wrote the "Purple Cow," (l. 2-4). . . Norton Book of Light Verse, The. Russell Baker, ed. (1986)...
But I can Tell you Anyhow,
I'll Kill you if you Quote it.''
''Ah, yes, I wrote the "Purple Cow"Gelett Burgess (1866-1951), U.S. humorist, illustrator. Cinq Ans Après, The Burgess Nonsense Book (1914).
I'm sorry, now, I wrote it!
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I'll kill you if you quote it.''
''I never saw a Purple Cow,Gelett Burgess (1866-1951), U.S. poet. The Purple Cow (l. 1-2). . . Norton Book of Light Verse, The. Russell Baker, ed. (1986) W. W. Norton & Comp...
I never hope to see one;''
''I'd rather see than be one.''Gelett Burgess (1866-1951), U.S. poet. The Purple Cow (l. 4). . . Norton Book of Light Verse, The. Russell Baker, ed. (1986) W. W. Norton & Compan...
''To appreciate nonsense requires a serious interest in life.''Gelett Burgess (1866-1951), U.S. humorist, illustrator. "The Sense of Humor," The Romance of the Commonplace (1916).
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