Life of Eugene Field: The Poet of Childhood

Life of Eugene Field: The Poet of Childhood

Life of Eugene Field: The Poet of Childhood

Life of Eugene Field: The Poet of Childhood

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Before undertaking to write anything in the nature of a definite study of the life of any man who in his time has attracted something more than the fleeting attention of his time, it behooves the writer to present his credentials. What are his qualifications for the task, whence does he derive the data upon which he must rely for the embellishment of his narrative, and from whom does he receive the commission to add another book to the countless volumes of biographic lore?

Answering these requirements in the inverse order of their statement, it may be said that the writer hereof got his commission both seriously and in frolic from Eugene Field himself. During the five years that we worked side by side in the editorial rooms of the Chicago Morning News, subsequently the Record, when he subscribed himself as the "Good but impecunious knight sans peur et sans monnaie," Field bombarded me with missives like this:

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