Gelett Burgess

Gelett Burgess Biography

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 the Southern Pacific Railroad. In 1891, he was hired by the University of California at Berkeley as an instructor of to ...

Gelett Burgess Quotes

11 November 2014

To appreciate nonsense requires a serious interest in life.

Gelett Burgess Comments

George Benner 24 August 2020

He never ever goes so far as to write about the pasture The purple cows are a silly thing he mentioned them, just last year

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arham 29 July 2018

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The Best Poem Of Gelett Burgess

The Purple Cow

I never saw a Purple Cow,
I never hope to see one,
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I’d rather see than be one!

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