James Whitcomb Riley
James Whitcomb Riley (Greenfield, Indiana, October 7, 1849 - July 22, 1916) was an American writer and poet. Known as the "Hoosier Poet" and the "Children's Poets," he started his career in 1875 writing newspaper verse in Indiana dialect for the Indianapolis Journal.
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)
- Quotes reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
- The ripest peach is highest on the tree.
- The Ripest Peach.
- O’er folded blooms
On swirls of musk,
The beetle booms adown the glooms
And bumps along the dusk.
- The Beetle.
- One naked star has waded through
The purple shadows of the night,
And faltering as falls the dew
It drips its misty light.
- The Beetle.
- An’ the Gobble-uns ’ll git you
Ef you don’t watch out.
- Little Orphant Annie.
- Works by James Whitcomb Riley at Project Gutenberg
- Guide to the Riley Collections at the Lilly Library - Indiana University, Bloomington.
- Livin' the Life of Riley: The James Whitcomb Riley Digital Collection
- Riley, or Poe? - A quiz to tell the difference between their poems
- Cambridge History of English and American Literature vol. 17: Later National poets
- Songs O' Cheer – collection of humorous poems (with art) from the book published in 1883.
- James Whitcomb Riley Recordings - 17 recordings from 1912 of James Whitcomb Riley reading his poems