The Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley ... Including Poems and Prose Sketches, Many of Which Have Not Heretofore Been Published - Vol. 1

The Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley ... Including Poems and Prose Sketches, Many of Which Have Not Heretofore Been Published - Vol. 1

Read FREE!

The Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley ... Including Poems and Prose Sketches, Many of Which Have Not Heretofore Been Published - Vol. 1

The Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley ... Including Poems and Prose Sketches, Many of Which Have Not Heretofore Been Published - Vol. 1

Read FREE!

Excerpt

On Sunday morning, October seventh, 1849, Reuben A. Riley and his wife, Elizabeth Marine Riley, rejoiced over the birth of their second son. They called him James Whitcomb. This was in a shady little street in the shady little town of Greenfield, which is in the county of Hancock and the state of Indiana. The young James found a brother and a sister waiting to greet him--John Andrew and Martha Celestia, and afterward came Elva May --Mrs. Henry Eitel--Alexander Humbolt and Mary Elizabeth, who, of all, alone lives to see this collection of her brother's poems.

James Whitcomb was a slender lad, with corn-silk hair and wide blue eyes. He was shy and timid, not strong physically, dreading the cold of winter, and avoiding the rougher sports of his playmates. And yet he was full of the spirit of youth, a spirit that manifested itself in the performance of many ingenious pranks. His every-day life was that of the average boy in the average country town of that day, but his home influences were exceptional. His father, who became a captain of cavalry in the Civil War, was a lawyer of ability and an orator of more . . .

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.