Henry Cuyler Bunner
Biography of Henry Cuyler Bunner
Henry Cuyler Bunner (3 August 1855 – 11 May 1896) was an American novelist and poet born in Oswego, New York.
He was educated in New York City. From being a clerk in an importing house, he turned to journalism, and after some work as a reporter, and on the staff of The Arcadian (1873), he became in 1877 assistant editor of the comic weekly Puck. He soon assumed the editorship, which he held until his death in Nutley, New Jersey. He developed Puck from a new struggling periodical into a powerful social and political organ. In 1886 he published a novel, The Midge, followed in 1887 by The Story of a New York House. But his best efforts in fiction were his short stories and sketches Short Sixes (1891), More Short Sixes (1894), Made in France (1893), Zadoc Pine and Other Stories (1891), Love in Old Cloathes and Other Stories (1896), and Jersey Street and Jersey Lane (1896). His verses Airs from A ready and Elsewhere (884), containing the well-known poem, The Way to Arcady; Rowen (1892); and Poems (1896), edited by his friend Brander Matthews, displaying a light play of imagination and a delicate workmanship. He also wrote clever vers de société and parodies. One of his several plays (usually written in collaboration), was The Tower of Babel (1883).
His short story "Zenobia's Infidelity" was made into a feature film called Zenobia starring Harry Langdon and Oliver Hardy by the Hal Roach Studio in 1939.
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Henry Cuyler Bunner Poems
The Heart Of The Tree
WHAT does he plant who plants a tree? He plants a friend of sun and sky; He plants the flag of breezes free;
One, Two, Three!
It was an old, old, old, old lady, And a boy that was half-past three; And the way that they played together Was beautiful to see.
I have let the world go. That’s the door that closed Behind the holy father. I am shrived.
Janiveer In March
I would not have you so kindly, Thus early in friendship’s year— A little too gently, blindly,
'I know what you are going to say,' she said, And she stood up, looking uncommonly tall:
The Way To Arcady
OH, what's the way to Arcady, To Arcady, To Arcady; Oh, what's the way to Arcady, Where all the leaves are merry?
An Old-Fashioned Love Song
Tell me what within her eyes Makes the forgotten Spring arise, And all the day, if kind she looks, Flow to a tune like tinkling brooks;
The Future Of The Classics
No longer, 0 scholars, shall Plautus Be taught us. No more shall professors be partial To Martial.
Just A Love Letter
NEW YORK, July 20, 1883. DEAR GIRL: The town goes on as though It thought you still were in it;
Behold The Deeds!
I would that all men my hard case would know, How grievously I suffer for no sin: I, Adolphe Culpepper Ferguson, for lo
A Pitcher Of Mignonette
A pitcher of mignonette In a tenement's highest casement,— Queer sort of flower-pot—yet That pitcher of mignonette
A Dead Woman
Not a kiss in life; but one kiss, at life’s end, I have set on the face of Death in trust for thee.
In A Paris Restaurant
I gaze, while thrills my heart with patriot pride, Upon the exquisite skin, rose-flushed and creamy; The perfect little head; on either side
Smile on, thou new-come Spring—if on thy breeze The breath of a great man go wavering up
A Pitcher Of Mignonette
A pitcher of mignonette
In a tenement's highest casement,—
Queer sort of flower-pot—yet
That pitcher of mignonette
Is a garden in heaven set,
To the little sick child in the basement—
The pitcher of mignonette,
In a tenement's highest casement.