James Whitcomb Riley

James Whitcomb Riley (October 7, 1849 – July 22, 1916) was an American writer, poet, and best-selling author. During his lifetime he was known as the “Hoosier Poet” and “Children’s Poet” for his dialect works and his children’s poetry. His poems tend to be humorous or sentimental. Of the approximately 1,000 poems Riley wrote, the majority are in dialect. His famous works include “Little Orphant Annie” and “The Raggedy Man”.

A Caller From Boone by James Whitcomb Riley

Story type: LiteratureBENJ. F. JOHNSON VISITS THE EDITORIt was a dim and chill and loveless afternoon in the late fall of eighty-three when I first saw the genial subject ...

The Judkins Papers by James Whitcomb Riley

Story type: LiteratureFATHER AND SONMr. Judkins’ boy came home yesterday with a bottle of bugs in his pocket, and as the quiet little fellow sat on the back porch in his ...

The Object Lesson by James Whitcomb Riley

Story type: LiteratureBarely a year ago I attended the Friday afternoon exercises of a country school. My mission there, as I remember, was to refresh my mind with such m ...