Today is the birthday of James Whitcomb Riley (1849 – 1916). He was an American writer, poet, and best selling author. Riley was known for his "uncomplicated, sentimental, and humorous" writing. Often writing his verses in dialect, his poetry caused readers to recall a nostalgic and simpler time in earlier American history. More information about Riley and his poems on PoemHunter: Happy Birthday James Whitcomb Riley!

illustrations from the poem, Goodbye Jim, by James Whitcomb Riley (America's Great Civil War Poem by James Whitcomb Riley which he delivered numerous times to patriotic groups such as the Grand Army of the Republic gatherings. The illustrations are by the noted artist Howard Chandler Christy. By the way, the book these illustrations are from comes to us via The Bobbs-Merrill Company.)

The Best Loved Poems of James Whitcomb Riley...... LOVE!!! My Granny read this to me when I was little :)

Little Orphan Annie by James Whitcomb Riley. .........and the gobblins will get ya....if you don't watch out....

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Happy Birthday C.J. Dennis! (1876-1938) an Australian poet known for his humorous poems. Though Dennis's work is less well known today, his 1916 publication of The Sentimental Bloke sold 65,000 copies in its first year, and by 1917 he was the most prosperous poet in Australian history. More about Dennis and his poems on Poemhunter

Today is the birthday of Ntozake Shange, born 1948. She's an American playwright, and poet. As a self proclaimed black feminist, much of the content of her work addresses issues relating to race and feminism. Shange is best-known for the Obie Award-winning play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf. For more information about her and poems on Poemhunter: Happy Birthday Ntozake Shange!

Today is the birthday of Julia Ward, born in 1819. She was a prominent American abolitionist, social activist, poet and died on October 17, 1910. Julia Ward Howe was inspired to write "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" after she and her husband visited Washington, D. C., and met Abraham Lincoln at the White House in November 1861. More information about Howe and her poems on Poemhunter: Happy Birthday Julia Ward Howe!

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Today is the birthday of Richard Aldington, born in 1892. He was an English writer and poet. Aldington was best known for his World War I poetry, the 1929 novel, Death of a Hero, and the controversy arising from his 1955 Lawrence of Arabia: A Biographical Inquiry. His 1946 biography, Wellington, was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.

Today is the birthday of Sir Walter Scott, born in 1771. He was a Scottish historical novelist, playwright, and poet, popular throughout much of the world in the 19th century. Scott was the first English-language author to have a truly international career in his lifetime, with many contemporary readers in Europe, Australia, and North America. More information about Scott and his poems on Poemhunter: Happy Birthday Walter Scott!

Today is the birthday of Steen Steensen Blicher (1782-1848). He's an author and poet from Denmark. More information about Blicher and his poems on Poemhunter:

Today is also the birthday of Frederic Ogden Nash, born in 1902. He was an American poet well known for his light verse. At the time of his death in 1971, The New York Times said his "droll verse with its unconventional rhymes made him the country's best-known producer of humorous poetry". Ogden Nash wrote over 500 pieces of comic verse. More information about Nash and his poems on PoemHunter: Happy Birthday Ogden Nash!

Today is the birthday of Italo Calvino, (1923-1985). He's an Italian journalist and writer of short stories and novels. Lionised in Britain and the United States, he was the most-translated contemporary Italian writer at the time of his death, and a noted contender for the Nobel Prize for Literature. Quotations from Calvino on Poemhunter:

Today is the birthday of Robert Frost (1874 – 1963). He was an American poet. He is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech. One of the most popular and critically respected American poets of his generation, Frost was honored frequently during his lifetime, receiving four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry. Find more about Frost and his poems on Poemhunter Happy Birthday Robert Frost!

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Today is the birthday of Wilfrid Scawen Blunt born in 1840. He was an English poet and writer. He was born at Petworth House in Sussex, and served in the Diplomatic Service from 1858 to 1869. He was raised in the faith of his mother, a Catholic convert, and educated at Twyford School, Stonyhurst, and at St Mary's College, Oscott. More information about Blunt and his poems on PoemHunter: Happy Birthday Wilfrid Scawen Blunt!

Today is the birthday of William Carlos Williams (1883 – 1963). He was an American poet closely associated with modernism and imagism. He was also a pediatrician and general practitioner of medicine with a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. More information about Williams and his poems on PoemHunter: Happy Birthday William Carlos Williams!

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