James Whitcomb Riley

1849 –

James Whitcomb Riley was born in Greenfield, Indiana, on October 7, 1849. He left school at age sixteen and served in a variety of different jobs, including as a sign painter and with a traveling wagon show. He was the author of several books of poetry, including Home-Folks (Bowen-Merrill, 1900), The Flying Islands of the Night (Bowen-Merrill, 1892), and Pipes o’ Pan at Zekesbury (Bobbs-Merrill, 1888). He also served on the staff of two local newspapers, the Anderson Democrat and, later, the Indianapolis Journal. Riley was known as “the poet of the common people” for his frequent use of his local Indiana dialect in his work. He died in Indianapolis, Indiana, on July 22, 1916.


The Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley (Harper and Brothers, 1916)
Home-Folks (Bowen-Merrill, 1900)
A Child-World (Bowen-Merrill, 1896)
The Flying Islands of the Night (Bowen-Merrill, 1892)
Old-Fashioned Roses (Bowen-Merrill, 1889)
Pipes o’ Pan at Zekesbury (Bobbs-Merrill, 1888)