The Best of James Whitcomb Riley
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The Best of James Whitcomb Riley

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The best-loved poems by the "Hoosier Poet" are here collected to read and cherish time and time again. Included are some of Riley's most durable and endearing works-poems about nature, home, and country as well as the dialect poems for which Riley is famous.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 17.78mm | 294.83g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Midland Book.
  • 025320299X
  • 9780253202994
  • 1,449,082

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James Whitcomb Riley, born in Greenfield, Indiana, in 1849, was a genial chronicler of small-town life who immortalized the simple virtues of the people he knew best. A popular writer with a vast and enthusiastic following, the 'Hoosier Poet' also earned the respect and praise of other literary luminaries.show more

Table of contents

Editor's PrefaceJames Whitcomb Riley1870 A Backward Look1872 The Old Times Were the Best1874 "Tradin' Joe"The Bear StoryFarmer Whipple-BachelorDot Leedle Boy1875 If I Knew What Poets KnowAn Old Sweetheart of MineSquire Hawkins's Story1876 The Old GuitarThe Silent VictorsHer Beautiful Hands1877 The RoseLeonainieFame1878 "Dream"From The Flying Islands of the Night1879 The Tree-ToadThe Little Town of Tailholt1880 Lockerbie StreetAt Utter LoafThe Used-to-BeGrandfather SqueersThe Prayer PerfectKissing the RodJack the Giant-KillerThe Nine Little Goblins1881 The Orchard Lands of Long Ago1882 The Days Gone ByThe Circus-Day ParadeThe Old Swimmin'-HoleThe CloverThoughts fer the Discuraged FarmerWortermelon TimeMy FiddleMy PhilosofyA Summer's DayOn the Death of Little Mahala AshcraftA Hymb of FaithWhen the Frost is on the Punkin1883 An Autumnal Tonic"The Preacher's Boy"A Sudden ShowerThe Man in the MoonThe All-GoldenNothin' to SayWet-Weather Talk1884 The Pixy PeopleOut to Old Aunt Mary'sAway1885 On the Banks o' Deer CrickLittle Orphant AnnieThe Land of Thus-and-SoGrannyPap's Old Sayin'The Train-MisserGriggsby's StationKnee-deep in June1886 When the World Bu'sts ThroughThe Happy Little CrippleOld OctoberHer Beautiful Eyes1887 Doc Siefers1888 The Old Man and JimWhen the Green Gits Back in the TreesDown around the River1889 Down to the CapitalWaitin' fer the Cat to Die1890 The Pet CoonThe Squirt-Gun Uncle Maked MeOur Hired GirlThe BumblebeeThe Runaway BoyThe Raggedy ManThe Old Band1891 "Coon-Dog Wess"Decoration Day on the Place1894 Up and Down Old BrandywineThe Schoolboy's Favorite1895 To Almon KeeferA Peace-Hymn of the Republic1896 The Hired Man ashow more

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