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Riley, James Whitcomb 1849-1916

Overview
Works: 1,413 works in 3,454 publications in 1 language and 49,999 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Juvenile works  Narrative poetry  Records and correspondence  Bibliography  History  Love poetry  Fiction  Nursery rhymes  Drama 
Roles: Author, Lyricist, Performer, Signer, Actor, Honoree
Classifications: PS2704, 811.4
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Most widely held works about James Whitcomb Riley
 
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Riley child-rhymes by James Whitcomb Riley( )

52 editions published between 1890 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,636 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An illustrated collection of 39 of James Whitcomb Riley's signature poems
Riley farm-rhymes by James Whitcomb Riley( )

39 editions published between 1883 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,022 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1883, this charming book includes many of James Whitcomb Riley's signature poems, including ""Thoughts fer the Discuraged Farmer"" and ""When the Frost Is on the Punkin."" Also graced by noted Brown County artist Will Vawter's folksy illustrations of farm scenes from our past, this Library of Indiana Classics edition faithfully reproduces the 1905 edition. A must-have for Riley enthusiasts everywhere, it offers a warm look at how farm life was depicted over a century ago
The complete poetical works of James Whitcomb Riley by James Whitcomb Riley( Book )

43 editions published between 1883 and 1999 in English and held by 1,892 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents over one thousand poems by nineteenth-century Indiana poet James Whitcomb Riley
The complete works of James Whitcomb Riley ... : Collected and edited by Edmund Henry Eitel. [Illustr.] by James Whitcomb Riley( )

14 editions published between 1913 and 2018 in English and held by 1,750 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Riley love-lyrics by James Whitcomb Riley( Book )

38 editions published between 1883 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Afterwhiles by James Whitcomb Riley( Book )

78 editions published between 1887 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poet and author James Whitcomb Riley was born on October 7th 1849 in Greenfield, Indiana. Better known as the 'Hoosier Poet' for his work with regional dialects, and also as the 'Children's Poet' Riley was born into an influential and well off family. However his education was spotty but he was surrounded by creativity which was to stand him in good stead later in life. His early career was a series of low paid temporary jobs. After stints as a journalist and billboard proprietor he had the resources to dedicate more of his efforts to writing. Riley was prone to drink which was to affect his health and later his career but after a slow start and a lot of submissions he began to gain traction first in newspapers and then with the publication of his dialect poems 'Boone County Poems' he came to national recognition. This propelled him to long term contracts to perform on speaking circuits. These were very successful but over the years his star waned. In 1888 he was too drunk to perform and the ensuing publicity made everything seem very bleak for a while. However he overcame that and managed to re-negotiate his contracts so that he received his rightful share of the income and his wealth thereafter increased very quickly. A bachelor, Riley seems to have his writings as his only outlet, and although in his public performances he was well received, his publications were becoming seen as banal and repetitive and sales of these later works began to fall away. Eventually after his last tour in 1895 he retired to spend his final years in Indianapolis writing patriotic poetry. Now in poor health, weakened by years of heavy drinking, Riley, the Hoosier Poet died on July 23, 1916 of a stroke. In a final, unusual tribute, Riley lay in state for a day in the Indiana Statehouse, where thousands came to pay their respects. Not since Lincoln had a public personage received such a send-off. He is buried at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis. Here we present Afterwhiles
Pipes o' Pan at Zekesbury by James Whitcomb Riley( Book )

55 editions published between 1888 and 2012 in English and held by 1,052 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A child-world by James Whitcomb Riley( Book )

44 editions published between 1879 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 970 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rhymes of childhood by James Whitcomb Riley( Book )

50 editions published between 1890 and 2010 in English and held by 950 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of poetry for children
The book of joyous children by James Whitcomb Riley( Book )

43 editions published between 1902 and 2011 in English and held by 849 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Compiles more than sixty of the poet's works, written for both children and adults, expressing his observations of the simple life and revealing his sense of humor
An old sweetheart of mine by James Whitcomb Riley( Book )

29 editions published between 1888 and 2010 in English and held by 813 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The gobble-uns 'll git you ef you don't watch out! : James Whitcomb Riley's "Little Orphant Annie" by James Whitcomb Riley( Book )

6 editions published between 1972 and 1975 in English and held by 809 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gobble-uns tales as told by Little Orphant Annie
The flying islands of the night by James Whitcomb Riley( Book )

42 editions published between 1891 and 2017 in English and held by 781 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Armazindy by James Whitcomb Riley( Book )

32 editions published between 1894 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 703 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Riley songs of home by James Whitcomb Riley( Book )

19 editions published between 1883 and 2013 in English and held by 693 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Green fields and running brooks by James Whitcomb Riley( Book )

40 editions published between 1892 and 2018 in English and held by 647 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Little Orphant Annie by James Whitcomb Riley( Book )

9 editions published between 1908 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 624 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The well-known poem about a servant girl whose cautionary "witch-tales" warn of "gobble-uns" that steal misbehaving children
Songs o' cheer by James Whitcomb Riley( Book )

17 editions published between 1883 and 2013 in English and held by 615 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the frost is on the punkin by James Whitcomb Riley( Book )

4 editions published between 1991 and 1999 in English and held by 542 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A classic poem of autumn is accompanied by illustrations of a young girl's day on a farm
Poems here at home by James Whitcomb Riley( Book )

41 editions published between 1893 and 2013 in English and held by 514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Riley child-rhymes
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The complete poetical works of James Whitcomb RileyRiley love-lyricsAfterwhilesPipes o' Pan at ZekesburyA child-worldRhymes of childhoodThe flying islands of the nightArmazindy
Alternative Names
Iacobus Whitcomb Riley

James Whitcomb Riley

James Whitcomb Riley Amerikaans auteur

James Whitcomb Riley amerikansk poet

James Whitcomb Riley scrittore e poeta statunitense

James Whitcomb Riley US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller und Dichter

Johnson, B. F. 1849-1916

Johnson, Benj. F. 1849-1916 of Boone

Johnson, Benj. F. of Boone, 1849-1916

Johnson, Benjamin F.

Riley, J. W. 1849-1916

Riley, James W. 1849-1916

Whitcomb, James Riley 1849-1916

Whitcomb Riley, James 1849-1916

Райли, Джеймс Уиткомб

جيمس ويتكومب رايلي

جیمس ویتكومب رایلی

ジェームズ・ウイットコム・ライリー

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