Gelett Burgess

(30 January 1866 – 18 September 1951 / Boston, Massachusetts)

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Frank Gelett Burgess was an artist, art critic, poet, author and humorist. An important figure in the San Francisco Bay Area literary renaissance of the 1890s, particularly through his iconoclastic little magazine, The Lark, he is best known as a writer of nonsense verse. He was the author of the popular Goops books, and he invented the blurb.

Early life

Born in Boston, Burgess was "raised among staid, conservative New England gentry". He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduating with a B.S. in 1887. After graduation, Burgess fled conservative Boston for the livelier bohemia of San Francisco, where he took a job working as a draftsman for ... more »

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  • ''To appreciate nonsense requires a serious interest in life.''
    Gelett Burgess (1866-1951), U.S. humorist, illustrator. "The Sense of Humor," The Romance of the Commonplace (1916).
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Best Poem of Gelett Burgess

The Floorless Room

I Wish that my Room had a Floor!
I don't so Much Care for a Door,
But this Crawling Around
Without Touching the Ground
Is Getting to be Quite a Bore!

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