The Works of Eugene Field is a collection of poetry and essays by American author Eugene Field, originally published by Charles Scribner's Sons in 1896 under the title The Writings in Prose and Verse of Eugene Field. Known for his children's poetry, especially the light-hearted "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod," Field was a journalist who found his niche in poetry and humor writing. The original collection, published after Field's death and including artwork and letters from the author, is a charming set of books compiling all his works. Republished here for young readers and collectors of Americana, The Works of Eugene Field is sure to delight audiences young and old. Volume IV of this twelve-volume set, Poems of Childhood, is the third collection of poetry in the series, separated into two sections, "With Trumpet and Drum," and "Love-Songs of Childhood." It contains several verses also printed in Volume I, A Little Book of Western Verse, which was the way Field arranged it when originally planning the series. EUGENE FIELD (1850-1895) was an American author known for his humorous essays and children's poetry. Interested in many subjects and unable to decide what to do with his life, Field attended three colleges-Williams College, Knox College, and University of Missouri-tried his hand at acting, law, and journalism, and traveled Europe before meeting his wife and becoming city editor for the St. Joseph Gazette in St. Joseph, Missouri. He wrote and edited for several newspapers, establishing himself as a humor writer and publishing poetry. He died of a heart-attack at 45.
WYNKEN, BLYNKEN AND Nod one night Sailed off in a wooden shoe– Sailed off on a river of crystal light Into a sea of dew . . .
So begins Eugene Field’s lovely bedtime poem, which tells of three wee fishermen who sail up to the stars, and a boy who imagines it all before he drifts off to sleep. Field’s timeless text has lulled generations of little listeners into dreamland, and this version, complimented by Giselle Potter’s magical illustrations, is perhaps the most enchanting—and the closest to Fields’ own vision—of all.
INDEX THE HOLY CROSS THE ROSE AND THE THRUSH THE PAGAN SEAL-WIFE FLAIL, TRASK, AND BISLAND THE TOUCH IN THE HEART DANIEL AND THE DEVIL METHUSELAH FÉLICE AND PETIT-POULAIN THE RIVER FRANZ ABT MISTRESS MERCILESS THE PLATONIC BASSOON HAWAIIAN FOLK TALES I THE EEL-KING II THE MOON LADY LUTE BAKER AND HIS WIFE EM JOEL'S TALK WITH SANTA CLAUS THE LONESOME LITTLE SHOE
Never, however, have I wholly ceased to regret the loss of the Elzevir, for an Elzevir is to me one of the most gladdening sights human eye can rest upon. In his life of the elder Aldus, Renouard says: "How few are there of those who esteem and pay so dearly for these pretty editions who know that the type that so much please them are the work of Francis Garamond, who cast them one hundred years before at Paris."
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