James Whitcomb Riley (7 October 1849 - 22 July 1916 / Greenfield, Indiana)
James Whitcomb Riley was an American writer, poet, and best selling author. During his lifetime he was known as the Hoosier Poet and Children's Poet for his dialect works and his children's poetry respectively. His poems tended to be humorous or sentimental, and of the approximately one thousand poems that Riley authored, the majority are in dialect. His famous works include "Little Orphant Annie" and "The Raggedy Man".
Riley began his career writing verses as a sign maker and submitting poetry to newspapers. Thanks in part to an endorsement from poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, he eventually earned successive jobs at Indiana newspaper publishers during the latter 1870s. Riley ... more »
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- A Ballad
- A Barefoot Boy
- A Bear Family
- A Brave Refrain
- A Bride
- A Canary At The Farm
- A Child-World
- A Christmas Memory
- A Country Pathway
- A Cup Of Tea
- A Delicious Interruption
- A Discouraging Model
- A Ditty Of No Tone
- A Diverted Tragedy
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''A-list'nin' to the witch-tales 'at Annie tells about,James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916), U.S. poet. Little Orphant Annie (l. 7-12). . . Oxford Book of Children's Verse, The. Iona Opie and Peter Opie, e...
An' the Gobble-uns 'at gits you
''Little Orphant Annie's come to our house to stay,James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916), U.S. poet. Little Orphant Annie (l. 1-2). . . Oxford Book of Children's Verse, The. Iona Opie and Peter Opie, ed...
An' wash the cups an' saucers up, an' brush the crumbs away,''
''the ache here in the throat,James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916), U.S. poet. When She Comes Home (l. 10-12). . . Anthology of American Poetry. George Gesner, ed. (1983) Avenel Bo...
To know that I so ill deserve the place
Her arms make for me;''
a feller is a-feelin' at his best,James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916), U.S. poet. When the Frost Is on the Punkin (l. 5-8). . . Oxford Book of American Light Verse, The. William Harmo...
With the risin' sun to greet him from a night of peaceful rest,
As he leaves the house, bare-headed, and goes out to feed the stock,
When the fr...