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James Whitcomb Riley

a.k.a. J. W. Riley

Author Code: AJWR

Born: Oct. 7, 1849 - Greenfield, Indiana, USA

Died: Jul. 22, 1916 - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Riley left school at the age of 16 and worked for a time as a sign painter. In 1872, he published some poetry in the Indianapolis Saturday Mirror. In 1873, he joined the local Greenfield newspaper and in 1877 moved on to become an associate editor of the Andersen Democrat. While his poetry was very popular in his native state of Indiana, he was frustrated at the lack of enthusiasm from eastern periodicals. To prove his point, he wrote a poem styled after Edgar Allan Poe entitled Leonainie and claimed that it was a long-lost Poe original. He easily persuaded the Kokomo Dispatch to print it and thus proved his point, but the resulting scandal lost him his job. He moved on to the Indianapolis Journal, where his work, When the Frost is on the Punkin, first appeared in serial form. Collected into a book in 1883, it met with a resounding success. The series introduced many memorable characters including The Raggedy Man and Little Orphant Annie. His fame grew and he became one of the wealthiest authors of his era. The "Hoosier" poet, as Riley became known, is still popular and very readable today. His other works include Afterwhiles (1888), Old-Fashioned Roses (1888), Rhymes of Childhood (1891), Green Fields and Running Brooks (1893), Riley Love-Lyrics (1899), His Pa's Romance (1903), While the Heart Beats Young (1906), Knee Deep in June (1912) and Fugitive Pieces (1914).

eBook Code Title/Sub-Title Pub. Yr Pages File Size Type Download Format Find Printed Copy
AJWR002 Afterwhiles
  Anselmo
  Art and Love
  Away
  Back From a Two-years' Sentence
  The Beautiful City
  Becalmed
  The Blossoms on the Trees
  A Bride
  A Canary At the Farm
  Das Krist Kindel
  The Dead Lover
  Dearth
  A Discouraging Model
  Down On Wriggle Crick
  Dusk
  Fame
  From the Headboard of a Grave in Paraguay
  A Fruit Piece
  A Glimpse of Pan
  Granny
  Grant At Rest - August 8, 1885
  Griggsby's Station
  The Harper
  Her Hair
  Herr Weiser
  A Home-Made Fairy Tale
  If I knew What Poets Know
  Ike Walton's Prayer
  Illileo
  Indiana
  Jim
  John McKeen
  Joney
  June
  The King
  Kingry's Mill
  Knee Deep in June
  Last Night - And This
  Laughter Holding Both His Sides
  Leedle Dutch Baby
  A Life Lesson
  Like His Mother Used To Make
  Little Orphant Annie
  The Little Town O' Tailholt
  A Liz Town Humorist
  Lockerbie Street
  Longfellow
  The Lost Kiss
  A New Year's Time at Willards's
  Old Aunt Mary's
  Old Fashioned Roses
  Old October
  Our Kind of a Man
  Out of Nazareth
  Pan
  Regardin' Terry Hut
  The Ripest Peach
  To Robert Burns
  A Rough Sketch
  To Santa Claus
  A Scrawl
  September Dark
  The Serenade
  The Shower
  Silence
  Sleep
  A Song
  The South Wind and the Sun
  The Sphinx
  Their Sweet Sorrow
  Time
  The Town Karnteel
  The Train Misser
  A Voice From the Farm
  The Wandering Jew
  We To Sigh Instead of Sing
  When Bessie Died
  When De Folks Is Gone
  When The Hearse Comes Back
  Where the Children Used to Play
  Who Bides His Time
1888 106 325k eBook Download PDF - 'Afterwhiles' (AJWR002) Find a printed copy of Afterwhiles by James Whitcomb Riley at AbeBooks
AJWR005 A Child-World
  Almon Keefer
  The Bear-Story
  Bewildering Emotions
  Bud's Fairy-tale
  A Child-World
  The Child-World
  Cousin Rufus' Story
  A Delicious Interruption
  The Evening Company
  Floretty's Musical Contribution
  Heat-Lightning
  The Hired Man and Floretty
  Limitations of Genius
  "That Little Dog"
  "Little Jack Janitor"
  The Loehrs and the Hammonds
  Maymie's Story of Red Riding Hood
  Mr. Hammond's Parable
  Noey Bixler
  At Noey's House
  Noey's Night-Piece
  "A Noted Traveler"
  The Old-Home Folks
  The Pathos of Applause
  A Prospective Visit
  Song
  Told by "The Noted Traveler"
  Uncle Mart's Poem
1896 78 336k eBook Download PDF - 'A Child-World' (AJWR005) Find a printed copy of A Child-World by James Whitcomb Riley at AbeBooks
AJWR001 Green Fields and Running Brooks
  The Artemus of Michigan
  As My Uncle Used to Say
  August
  Autumn
  Bedouin
  Being His Mother
  Blind
  The Blossoms on the Trees
  By Any Other Name
  By Her White Bed
  The Chant of the Cross-bearing Child
  A Country Pathway
  A Cup of Tea
  The Curse of the Wandering Foot
  The Cyclone
  Dan Paine
  Dawn, Noon and Dewfall
  A Discouraging Model
  A Ditty of No Tone
  Donn Piatt of Mac-o-chee
  Dot Leedle Boy
  A Dream of Autumn
  Elizabeth
  Envoy
  Farmer Whipple - Bachelor
  A Full Harvest
  A Glimpse of Pan
  Go, Winter!
  Green Fields and Running Brooks
  To Hear Her Sing
  Her Beautiful Eyes
  The Hereafter
  His Mother's Way
  His Vigil
  Home At Night
  The Home-Going
  The Hoodoo
  The Hoosier Folk-child
  How John Quit the Farm
  To An Importunate Ghost
  The Iron Horse
  Iry and Billy and Jo
  Jack the Giant Killer
  Jap Miller
  John Alden and Percilly
  John Brown
  John Mckeen
  Judith
  June At Woodruff
  Just to Be Good
  Last Night - and This
  Let Us Forget
  The Little Fat Doctor
  Longfellow
  A Lounger
  A Monument for the Soldiers
  Mr. What's-his-name
  My Friend
  Nessmuk
  North and South
  The Old Retired Sea Captain
  Old Winters on the Farm
  The Old Year and the New
  On the Banks O' Deer Crick
  Out of Nazareth
  The Passing of A Heart
  The Plaint Human
  The Quarrel
  The Quiet Lodger
  Reach Your Hand to me
  Right Here At Home
  The Rival
  The Rivals; Or the Showman's Ruse (Play)
  Robert Burns Wilson
  The Rose
  September Dark
  To the Serenader
  The Shoemaker
  The Singer
  Sister Jones's Confession
  Sleep
  Some Scattering Remarks of Bub's
  A Song of Long Ago
  A Southern Singer
  Suspense
  Thanksgiving
  Their Sweet Sorrow
  Them Flowers
  Tom Van Arden
  Tugg Martin
  The Twins
  At Utter Loaf
  The Wandering Jew
  The Watches of the Night
  A Water-color
  We to Sigh Instead of Sing
  What Chris'mas Fetched the Wigginses
  When Age Comes on
  Where-Away
  While the Musician Played
  The Wife-Blesséd
  A Wraith of Summertime
1893 136 429k eBook Download PDF - 'Green Fields and Running Brooks' (AJWR001) Find a printed copy of Green Fields and Running Brooks by James Whitcomb Riley at AbeBooks
AJWR004 Riley Child-Rhymes
  At Aunty's House
  The Bear Story That Alex "Ist Maked Up His-own-se'f"
  The Boy Lives on Our Farm
  The Boys' Candidate
  The Bumblebee
  The Circus-Day Parade
  Curly Locks
  The Days Gone By
  Down Around the River
  Envoy
  The Funny Little Fellow
  Grandfather Squeers
  The Happy Little Cripple
  A Home-made Fairy-Tale
  An Impetuous Resolve
  The Jolly Miller
  A Life-Lesson
  The Little Coat
  Little Orphant Annie
  The Lugubrious Whing-Whang
  Naughty Claude
  The Nine Little Goblins
  Old Aunt Mary's
  The Old Hay-Mow
  The Old Tramp
  Our Hired Girl
  The Pet Coon
  The Pixy People
  The Raggedy Man
  The Rider of the Knee
  The Runaway Boy
  The South Wind and the Sun
  The Squirtgun Uncle Maked Me
  A Sudden Shower
  On the Sunny Side
  Time of Clearer Twitterings
  Waitin' Fer the Cat to Die
  Who Santy-Claus Wuz
  Winter Fancies
1890 52 255k eBook Download PDF - 'Riley Child-Rhymes' (AJWR004) Find a printed copy of Riley Child-Rhymes by James Whitcomb Riley at AbeBooks
AJWR003 Riley Farm-Rhymes
  The Brook-Song
  A Canary At the Farm
  The Clover
  A Country Pathway
  To the Good Old-fashioned People
  Griggsby's Station
  How John Quit the Farm
  June
  Knee-deep in June
  "Mylo Jones's Wife"
  Old Man's Nursery Rhyme
  Old October
  Old Winters on the Farm
  Old-fashioned Roses
  The Orchard Lands of Long Ago
  Romancin'
  September Dark
  A Song of Long Ago
  A Tale of the Airly Days
  Thoughts Fer the Discuraged Farmer
  The Tree-toad
  Up and Down Old Brandywine
  Wet-weather Talk
  When Early March Seems Middle May
  When the Frost is on the Punkin
  When the Green Gits Back in the Trees
  Where the Children Used to Play
  Wortermelon Time
1899 42 215k eBook Download PDF - 'Riley Farm-Rhymes' (AJWR003) Find a printed copy of Riley Farm-Rhymes by James Whitcomb Riley at AbeBooks
AJWR007 Riley Love-Lyrics
  Blooms of May
  A Discouraging Model
  "Dream"
  Farmer Whipple - Bachelor
  Has She Forgotten?
  He and I
  He Called Her in
  To Hear Her Sing
  Her Beautiful Eyes
  Her Face and Brow
  Her Hair
  Her Waiting Face
  Home at Night
  How it Happened
  Ike Walton's Prayer
  Illileo
  Judith
  Last Night - and This
  Leonainie
  Let Us Forget
  The Lost Path
  My Bride That Is to Be
  My Mary
  Nothin' to Say
  A' Old Played-out Song
  An Old Sweetheart of Mine
  The Old Year and the New
  An Out-Worn Sappho
  The Passing of a Heart
  The Rival
  The Rose
  The Sermon of the Rose
  Suspense
  Their Sweet Sorrow
  Tom Van Arden
  The Touches of Her Hands
  A Variation
  A Very Youthful Affair
  When Age Comes On
  When Lide Married Him
  When My Dreams Come True
  When She Comes Home
  Where Shall We Land?
  The Wife-Blesséd
1899 61 262k eBook Download PDF - 'Riley Love-Lyrics' (AJWR007) Find a printed copy of Riley Love-Lyrics by James Whitcomb Riley at AbeBooks
AJWR006 Songs of Home
  As Created
  As My Uncle Used to Say
  At Sea
  A Backward Look
  The Best Is Good Enough
  The Boys
  "A Brave Refrain"
  Dreamer, Say
  Envoi
  A Feel in the Chris'mas-Air
  For You
  A Good Man
  Her Beautiful Hands
  His Room
  Honey Dripping from the Comb
  "How Did You Rest, Last Night?"
  In the Evening
  It's Got to be
  Jack-in-the-Box
  Jim
  John McKeen
  To the Judge
  Just to Be Good
  Kneeling with Herrick
  Laughter Holding Both His Sides
  The Mulberry Tree
  My Dancin'-Days Is Over
  My Friend
  To My Old Friend, William Leachmam
  Natural Perversities
  Not Always Glad When We Smile
  The Old Days
  The Old Guitar
  The Old Trundle-Bed
  Our Boyhood Haunts
  Our Kind of a Man
  Our Own
  "Out of Reach?"
  Out of the Hitherwhere
  The Plaint Human
  The Quest
  The Rainy Morning
  Reach Your Hand to Me
  A Scrawl
  Song of Parting
  The Song of Yesterday
  A Spring Song and a Later
  "Them Old Cheery Words"
  Thinkin' Back
  Through Sleepy-Land
  We Must Believe
  We Must Get Home
  Where-Away
  Who Bides His Time
  Writin' Back to the Home-folks
1910 67 269k eBook Download PDF - 'Songs of Home' (AJWR006) Find a printed copy of Songs of Home by James Whitcomb Riley at AbeBooks

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