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Eugene Field

Eugene FieldBorn: 2-Sep-1850
Birthplace: St. Louis, MO
Died: 4-Nov-1895
Location of death: Chicago, IL
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Church of the Holy Comforter, Kenilworth, IL

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Journalist, Poet

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: A Little Book of Western Verse

American poet, born in St Louis, Missouri, on the 2nd of September 1850. He spent his boyhood in Vermont and Massachusetts; studied for short periods at Williams and Knox Colleges and the University of Missouri, but without taking a degree; and worked as a journalist on various papers, finally becoming connected with the Chicago News. A Little Book of Profitable Tales appeared in Chicago in 1889 and in New York the next year; but Field's place in later American literature chiefly depends upon his poems of Christmas time and childhood (of which "Little Boy Blue" and "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod" are most widely known), because of their union of obvious sentiment with fluent lyrical form. Field died at Chicago on the 4th of November 1895.

Wife: Julia Comstock (m. 1875, eight children)

    University: University of Missouri (dropped out)
    University: Knox College (attended 1869-71, dropped out)

    Denver Tribune Columnist ("Odds and Ends")
    The Chicago Daily News Columnist ("Sharps & Flats", 1889-)
    St. Louis Walk of Fame

Author of books:
The Tribune Primer (1882, columns)
A Little Book of Western Verse (1889, poetry)
A Second Book of Verse (1892, poetry)
With Trumpet and Drum (1892, poetry)
Love Songs of Childhood (1894, poetry)


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