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An Old Sweetheart of Mine

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A poem illustrated in book form.

"With studies from life" by Howard Chandler Christy

19 full-page illustrations by Howard Chandler Christy

Decorations by Virginia Keep
Hardcover, 88 pages
Published 1902 by The Bobbs-Merrill Company (first published 1888)
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Rionna Morgan
Jun 15, 2012 Rionna Morgan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
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,
Jun 23, 2008 Meen marked it as to-read
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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!
Lorian Bruce
Jan 27, 2016 Lorian Bruce rated it it was amazing
this book belonged to my grandmother
Jim Williams
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.
Ben Smith
Jan 18, 2015 Ben Smith rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, 2015, poetry
This was a nice little poem about a man reminiscing about the love of his life.
Feb 24, 2009 Dona rated it really liked it
An old sweetheart of mine by James Whitcomb Riley (1902)
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Apr 20, 2010 Gayl Catt rated it really liked it
This is a piece of nostaglia from home.
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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 ...more
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