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"When I see a bird that walks like a duck and swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck." -- James Whitcomb Riley
James Whitcomb Riley (October 7, 1849 — July 22, 1916) was an American writer and poet also known by the pseudonyms Jay Whit, Benjamin F. Johnson, and Uncle Sidney. During his lifetime he was titled the Hoosier Poet, National Poet, and Children's Poet. He began his career in 1875 writing verses in nineteenth century Hoosier dialect for the Indianapolis Journal. His poems tended to be humorous or sentimental, and of the approximately one thousand poems that Riley published, over half are in dialect. Riley's style was significantly influenced by Robert Burns, to whom he was compared by many critics.

Initially finding it difficult to earn an income as a poet, Riley gradually rose in national prominence during the 1880s through his reading tours. He traveled a circuit with humorist Edgar Wilson Nye and author Douglass Sherley, holding shows and sharing the stage with other well known talents including Samuel Clemens. Regularly struggling with his alcohol addiction, Riley never married or had children, and was involved in a scandal in 1888 when he became too drunk to perform. He became more popular in spite of the bad press he received, and as a result extricated himself from poorly negotiated contracts that limited his earning; he quickly became very wealthy.

Riley became a bestselling author beginning in the 1890s and earned a steady income from royalties. His children's books were illustrated by the popular illustrator Howard Chandler Christy. He continued to hold occasional reading shows until 1910 when a stroke paralyzed his right arm; afterward he read only at civic events until his 1916 death. His death made national news and his bier was attended by thirty-five thousand; he is buried at the highest point in Indianapolis at the top of Crown Hill Cemetery.

Riley's chief legacy was his influence in fostering the creation of a midwestern cultural identity. Along with other writers of his era, he helped create a caricature of midwesterners and formed a literary community that rivaled the established eastern literati in popular works. During his lifetime he met and befriended many bestselling Indiana authors including Booth Tarkington, George Ade and Meredith Nicholson. Riley achieved a level of fame during his own lifetime that has remained unmatched by other American poets during their own lifetimes. He was honored with annual Riley Day celebrations in many part of the United States and was regularly called on to speak at national civic events. There are many memorials dedicated to Riley, including the James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children.

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Total Books: 549
Riley Child-Rhymes with Hoosier Pictures Indiana Bicentennial Edition
2016 - Riley Child-rhymes with Hoosier Pictures Indiana Bicentennial Edition [Library of Indiana Classics] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780253022790
ISBN-10: 0253022797
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction
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Riley Farm-Rhymes
2013 - Riley Farm-rhymes [Library of Indiana Classics] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780253009517
ISBN-10: 0253009510
Genres: Children's Books, History, Literature & Fiction
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The poems and prose sketches of James Whitcomb Riley Volume 5
2012 - The Poems and Prose Sketches of James Whitcomb Riley Volume 5 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781236016997
ISBN-10: 1236016998
Genres: History, Crafts, Hobbies & Home
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The Poems And Prose Sketches Of James Whitcomb Riley  Green Fields And Running Brooks 1898
The Poems And Prose Sketches Of James Whitcomb Riley  A Child-world 1898
The Poems And Prose Sketches Of James Whitcomb Riley  The Flying Islands Of The Night 1898
The Poems And Prose Sketches Of James Whitcomb Riley  Afterwhiles 1898
The Poems And Prose Sketches Of James Whitcomb Riley  Pipes O' Pan At Zekesbury 1898
The Poems and Prose Sketches of James Whitcomb Riley  Volume 1
2012 - The Poems and Prose Sketches of James Whitcomb Riley Volume 1 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781130006766
ISBN-10: 113000676X
Genres: History, Crafts, Hobbies & Home
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The Poems and Prose Sketches of James Whitcomb Riley  Volume 7
2012 - The Poems and Prose Sketches of James Whitcomb Riley Volume 7 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781130309287
ISBN-10: 1130309282
Genres: History, Crafts, Hobbies & Home
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The Poems and Prose Sketches of James Whitcomb Riley  Volume 5  Rhymes of childhood 1898
The Poems And Prose Sketches Of James Whitcomb Riley  Pipes O'pan At Zekesburg 1898
The poems and prose sketches of James Whitcomb Riley
2011 - The Poems and Prose Sketches of James Whitcomb Riley (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781179987132
ISBN-10: 1179987136
Genres: History, Crafts, Hobbies & Home
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A defective Santa Claus
2011 - A Defective Santa Claus (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781172936793
ISBN-10: 117293679X
Genre: History
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Rubaiyat Of Doc Sifers
2010 - Rubaiyat of Doc Sifers (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781163707951
ISBN-10: 1163707953
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction
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Nye and Riley's wit and humor
2010 - Nye and Riley's Wit and Humor [poems and yarns] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781176890862
ISBN-10: 1176890867
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction
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Riley Child-Rhymes with Hoosier Pictures
2010 - Riley Child-rhymes with Hoosier Pictures [Library of Indiana Classics] (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780253355690
ISBN-10: 0253355699
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The Poems and Prose Sketches of James Whitcomb Riley  Poems Here at Home 1898
An Old Sweetheart of Mine
2010 - An Old Sweetheart of Mine [Classic Reprint] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781440053504
ISBN-10: 1440053502
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The Boss Girl A Christmas Story and Other Sketches
2010 - The Boss Girl a Christmas Story and Other Sketches (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780217113335
ISBN-10: 0217113338
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Rubiyt of Doc Sifers
2010 - Rubiyt of Doc Sifers (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781143588082
ISBN-10: 1143588088
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2009 - Morning [Volume 12] (Paperback)Paperback
2009 - Away (Paperback)
2009 - Goodbye Jim [1893] (Paperback)
2009 - A Defective Santa Claus By James Whitcomb Riley [World Cultural Heritage Library] (Paperback)
2009 - Afterwhiles By James Whitcomb Riley [World Cultural Heritage Library] (Paperback)
2009 - A Child-world By James Whitcomb Riley [World Cultural Heritage Library] (Paperback)
2008 - Life's Verses [1885] (Paperback)
2008 - Riley Songs of Home [Illustrated Edition - Dodo Press] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
2007 - Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley [American Biography Series] (Other)
2006 - Book of Joyous Children [Notable American Authors Series] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
1994 - Little Orphant Annie and Other Poems [Dover Thrift Editions] (Paperback)
Poems [Early Best Sellers] (Other)
The Old Swimmin' Hole [Notable American Authors] (Other)
Old Fashioned Roses London [Notable American Authors] (Hardcover)
Child-rhymes [Granger Index Reprint Series] (Hardcover)Paperback