An Old Sweetheart of Mine

An Old Sweetheart of Mine A poem illustrated in book form With studies from life by Howard Chandler Christy full page illustrations by Howard Chandler ChristyDecorations by Virginia Keep

  • Title: An Old Sweetheart of Mine
  • Author: James Whitcomb Riley Howard Chandler Christy
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 173
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A poem illustrated in book form With studies from life by Howard Chandler Christy19 full page illustrations by Howard Chandler ChristyDecorations by Virginia Keep

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    • James Whitcomb Riley Howard Chandler Christy

      James Whitcomb Riley was born on October 7, 1849, in Greenfield, Indiana, to local attorney Reuben A Riley and his wife, Elizabeth Marine Riley, in a small cabin His parents named him after James Whitcomb, the governor of Indiana Riley was influenced by many of the visitors to his father s home In particular, he was able to pick up the cadence and character of the dialect of central Indiana and the travelers along the old National Road, which came through in the many poems he went on to write One particular visitor was Mary Alice Smith, who eventually stayed on to live with the Rileys Mary Alice Allie Smith influenced Riley s poem, Little Orphant Annie, which was originally to be called Little Orphant Allie but a typesetter s error changed the name of the poem 3 Riley was never a great student Before he dropped out of school at age 16, a former teacher encouraged him to appreciate nature He attempted to study law in his father s law office, however he found that the law was not for him, whereupon he took several different jobs in rapid succession.Riley had his first poem published in 1870 when he was 21 He began writing for several newspapers, eventually working for the Indianapolis Journal in Indianapolis, Indiana writing miscellaneous articles, versifying whenever possible.Riley s big break came with the private publishing of a thousand copies of The Old Swimmin Hole and Leven More Poems in 1883 under the pseudonym of Benjamin F Johnson, of Boone The book rapidly sold all of the first printing, causing Indianapolis book publisher Merrill, Meigs and Company to quickly contract with Riley to publish the second edition of The Old Swimmin Hole and Leven More Poems Riley continued to work with the publishing company which eventually became Bowen Merrill and finally Bobbs Merrill The 1886 publishing The Boss Girl began to publish new Riley literature regularly As a result he began to tour the United States giving lectures, starting in the mid 1880s.In 1893 he was invited to live at the residence of Charles and Magdalena Holstein within the Indianapolis neighborhood of Lockerbie He would call this his permanent residence for the last 23 years of his life, although he eventually purchased his childhood home, and allowed his brother, John Riley, to live there.He was in demand throughout his life, including being a guest at the White House He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters In 1912 the National Institute of Arts and Letters gave him the gold medal of poetry, the first poet so honored He also received several honorary degrees.Riley loved children, but he never had any of his own he also never married Evidence points that he regretted his bachelorhood and childlessness Many believe that his poems about and for children were written due to this regret Others attribute his poems to his regrets over alcoholism and his possible affliction with syphilis.Indiana honored Riley after his death in 1916 by burying him in Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis The site of his grave is atop Strawberry Hill, the highest point in Indianapolis, offering a spectacular view of the city Although Riley s poetry has fallen out of popularity, a few of his poems, such as Little Orphant Annie and Lockerbie Street, continue to be taught in schools in Indiana.In 1916 a group of prominent citizens from Indianapolis organized the Riley Memorial Association now the Riley Children s Foundation to build a children s hospital in memory of the Hoosier Poet The James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children opened in 1924.The foundation also purchased the poet s home in his later years in downtown Indianapolis it is maintained as a museum and today, the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home is the only late Victorian home in Indiana that is open to the public, and the country s only late Victorian preservation, featuring authentic furniture and decor from that era His birthpla

    447 thoughts on “An Old Sweetheart of Mine

    • I love this poem. I read it tonight to my oldest daughter; it was her first time hearing it. She thought I was crazy because I had it nearly memorized. I still cry at the sweetness of it. My daughter gasped and covered her mouth at the irony and then laughed so pleased with the ending. What a magical thing to share. Thank you, James Whitcomb Riley for helping me create a great memory with my girl.All the Best,Rionna


    • This is a lovely old book, really interesting. It's a single poem w/one verse on each page, and for every other verse there is a black and white print of the scene (w/one or two objects tinged in pink) described in the verse. And the pages are quite thick, thicker than posterboard. Really neat book!


    • This book was written in 1888, the year my grandfather was born, Simpler times and a more romantic time. Every poem is sweet. I loved it. The illustrations are wonderful.


    • This is a lovely antique that is valued more for the illustrator than the writer. If I wanted, I could remove the pictures and frame each one. With 19 full-page illustrations, I could cover my walls with Americana. The book cover is a classic with a lovely young 19th Century woman pictured within an oval and surrounded by green vines & leaves with what appears to be orange roses.






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