NY: P. F. Collier & Son, 1932. FauxLeatherbound. 5.5"x7.5". 886 pages. Black cloth boards w/gilt signature facsimile on front. Gilt letters and design on spine. Blue silk ribbon. Teal marble paste downs. Frontispiece from the portrait by John Singer Sargent in the John Herron Art Institute. Spine straight, binding tight, pages clean w/light tone. Not x-library, & unmarked. Minor edge & shelf wear. Light rubs to heel and crown. Small crease to spine. Scrapes to marble paste downs. Collectible - VeryGood. Item #13245
Few lives have left so vivid an impression upon a native environment as that of James Whitcomb Riley, the Hoosier Poet. His folksy, down-home rhymes are still enormously popular in his native state and beyond. This publication brings into print the complete Riley repertoire of more than 1,000 poems, including such all-time favorites as "Little Orphant Annie" (far and away the best-loved of all Riley characters), "The Raggedy Man," "Our Hired Girl," "A Barefoot Boy," "The Bumblebee," "Granny," and "When the Frost Is on the Punkin."
It is said that Indiana's best-known poet did not portray but invented the typical Hoosier. Applying imaginative skill, Riley altered and adapted the people around him to suit his purpose. As Jeannette Covert Nolan once put it, the figure who emerged was "a mellow, humorous rustic, a quaint, bucolic philosopher, unlettered but gifted with an earthy shrewdness, a peasant wisdom, a heart of gold, speaking a drawling, hybrid tongue, a dubious dialect as yet unidentified by any philologist."
In his heyday Riley was famous all over the world. Though often called a children's poet, he actually wrote about children for adults, delighting in emotional reminders of an irretrievable past--perhaps one that never quite existed. Throughout his life Riley looked back wistfully and sentimentally upon his childhood days, turning the longings and unfulfilled dreams of youth into verse.