Famous for his nostalgic poems invoking the people and places of rural Indiana, James Whitcomb Riley (1849–1916) earned himself the nickname "the Hoosier poet." His verse also earned him election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the gold medal of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and several honorary degrees.
This volume contains a rich selection of his best and most familiar poems — filled with the warmth, humor, and picturesque Hoosier dialect that made Riley one of the most beloved American poets. Included are "The Old Swimmin'-Hole," "The Raggedy Man," "When the Frost Is on the Punkin," "Little Orphant Annie," "An Old Sweetheart of Mine," and many more.
Table of ContentsLittle Orphant AnnieAn Old Sweetheart of MineThe Old Swimmin'-HoleA Letter to a FriendFameA Child's Home-Long AgoAugustIn the DarkA Peace-Hymn of the RepublicThe Old Home by the MillThe Dead LoverA Vision of SummerAnother Ride from Ghent to Aix When the Frost Is on the PunKinA Dream of Autumnfrom A Child-WorldProemThe Child-WorldThe Old Home-FolksThe Hired Man's Dog-StoryHis Pa's RomanceA Backward LooWhat Smith Knew About FarmingA Summer AfternoonThe Raggedy ManAlphabetical List of TitlesAlphabetical List of First Lines