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Poet, lecturer, and journalist, Riley gained popularity with his series of poems in the Hoosier dialect written under the pseudonym "Benjamin F. Johnson, of Boone." These originally appeared in the Indianapolis Journal, where he worked from 1877 to 1885; in 1883 they were published as The Old Swimmin'-Hole and 'Leven More Poems. His most popular poems are "When the Frost is on the Punkin"' and "The Old Man and Jim." Riley went on numerous lecture tours, entertaining as an actor and humorist. Although best known for his dialect poetry---"comforting, familiar platitudes, restated in verse" (Richard Crowder)---Riley also wrote humorous sketches and other poems. He produced more than 90 volumes of popular poetry, some of which are available in reprinted editions. (Bowker Author Biography)
— biography from The Complete Poetical Works of James Whitcomb Riley
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Riley love-lyrics 89 copies, 1 review
Riley farm-rhymes 68 copies, 1 review
Afterwhiles 42 copies
Riley Songs O'Cheer 41 copies, 1 review
Poems of Childhood 22 copies, 2 reviews
A Child-World 21 copies
Poems Here At Home 20 copies, 1 review
The Book of Joyous Children 20 copies, 1 review
Armazindy 16 copies
Rubaiyat of Doc Sifers 13 copies, 1 review
Home-Folks 13 copies
Riley Roses 12 copies
The Raggedy Man 11 copies
Good-Bye, Jim 11 copies
Morning 9 copies
A Defective Santa Claus 8 copies, 2 reviews
When She Was About Sixteen 7 copies, 1 review
Just Be Glad 2 copies
Farm-Rymes 1 copy
The Rose 1 copy
Poems 1 copy

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