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Oliver Herford


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Oliver Herford (1863–1935) was a British born American writer, artist and illustrator who has been called "The American Oscar Wilde".As a frequent contributor to The Mentor, Life, and Ladies' Home Journal, he sometimes signed his artwork as "O Herford". In 1906 he wrote and illustrated the "Little Book of Bores". He also wrote short poems like "The Chimpanzee" and "The Hen", as well as writing and... more »

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  • ''She has a whim of iron.''
    Oliver Herford (1863-1935), U.S. poet, illustrator. Remark, attributed to Herford, referring to his wife. It reappeared in Excuse It Please, "Impo...
  • ''"We are nearer to Spring
    Than we were in September,"
    I heard a bird sing
    In the dark of December.''
    Oliver Herford (1863-1935), poet. I Heard a Bird Sing (l. 5-8). . . New Treasury of Children's Poetry, A; Old Favorites and New Discoveries. Joann...
  • ''Children, behold the Chimpanzee:
    He sits on the ancestral tree
    From which we sprang in ages gone.''
    Oliver Herford (1863-1935), poet. The Chimpanzee (l. 1-3). . . Nonsense Anthology, A. Carolyn Wells, comp. (1930) Charles Scribner's Sons (paperba...
  • ''Sudden the wee Elf
    Smiled a wee smile,

    Tugged till the toadstool
    Toppled in two.
    Holding it over him
    Gaily he flew.''
    Oliver Herford (1863-1935), poet. The Elf and the Dormouse (l. 15-20). . . Family Book of Best Loved Poems, The. David L. George, ed. (1952) Doubl...
  • ''Ermined and minked and Persian-lambed,
    Be-puffed (be-painted, too, alas!)
    Be-decked, be-diamonded—be-damned!
    The Women of the Better Class.''
    Oliver Herford (1863-1935), U.S. poet, illustrator. The Women of the Better Class, st. 4.
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