Field, Eugene, A Little Book of Tribune Verse, a Number of Hitherto Uncollected Poems, Grave and Gay. Collected and Edited by Joseph G. Brown. Denver, Colo.: Tandy, Wheeler & Co. Publishers, 1901. 19.5 cm, 255 numbered pages. Bound in gilt-stamped green cloth. First edition. A manuscript poem in Eugene Field’s hand is laid in at page 208, “A Mexican Ballad.” There is a note on the verso of the slightly worn page of annotated manuscript poetry (“No. 79”, stanzas marked off in red): “This is the handwriting of my father, Eugene Field. Eugene Field II, May 8, 1919”. Fine.
A journalist and poet, Eugene Field (1850 – 1895) is known as “The Children’s Poet.” On the surface, Field’s poetry may seem sub-literary, but it evokes an innocence and a mischievous need to poke fun at cultural icons and captains of industry. The manuscript poem laid-in also evokes the attitudes of Texans and Westerners of the time: “There was a Greaser bold and staid, / Don Gomez del Gomazza, / Who loved a gentle Greaser maid, / The Donna Frontpiazza.”