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Selected Poetry of Eugene Field (1850-1895)


from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

Oh! the years are many, the years are long,
But the little toy friends are true!
        (Little Boy Blue, 15-16)
  1. At Cheyenne
  2. The Bibliomaniac's Prayer
  3. Chicago Weather
  4. The Dinkey Bird
  5. Little Boy Blue
  6. Little Willie
  7. Pittypat and Tippytoe
  8. Shuffle-Shoon and Amber-Locks
  9. Wynken, Blynken, and Nod


Notes on Life and Works

Eugene Field was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1850, educated in Monson and Williamstown, Mass., at Knox College (Galesburg, Illinois), and at the University of Missouri. His career in journalism saw him write for newspapers in St. Louis, Kansas City, Denver, and finally--from 1883 until his death in 1895--Chicago, where he authored a column called "Sharps and Flats" for The Chicago Daily News. He married Julia Sutherland Comstock in 1873 and they had eight children. His volumes of poetry, including A Little Book of Western Verse (1889) and Love Songs of Childhood (1894), made him famous through the United States as a humourist and poet of children, although he also wrote (and published surreptiously) bawdy poems for men's clubs. Biographies of Field are by Slason Thomson, Life of Eugene Field: The Poet of Childhood (New York: Appleton, 1927), and Robert Conrow, Field Days: The Life, Times, and Reputation of Eugene Field (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1974).

Biographical information

Given name: Eugene
Family name: Field
Birth date: 1850
Death date: 1895