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Eugene Field (1850 –1895) was born in St. Louis, Missouri, raised in Amherst, MA, and spent most of his adult life in Chicago. Best known for his children’s poetry and humorous essays, he explored acting and law before turning to a very successful career in journalism. Eugene lost both parents before he was 20, buried 3 of his 8 children, and died himself when he was 45. He wrote more than a dozen books and endeared himself to children with his poems “The Duel” and “Wynken, Blynken, and…

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