1850 - 1895

Eugene Field was born September 2, 1850, in Saint Louis. Field was one of the few poets who wrote only children's poetry.  At the age of fifteen, Eugene was shipped off to a small private school in Massachusetts and later attended Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  

He set off for a trip through Europe but returned to the United States six months later, penniless.  Field then began work as a journalist for the St. Joseph Gazette in Saint Joseph, Missouri and soon rose to become city editor.  Several of his poems were set to music with commercial success. Some of his most famous poems are "Wynken, Blynken,and Nod,” "The Duel,” and "Little Boy Blue.”

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