John Speller's Web Pages Eugene Field (1850-1895)

John Speller's Web Pages - Hymns and Carols of Eugene Field

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Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Eugene Field (1850-1895) was the son of lawyer Roswell Martin Field (1807-1869) who represented Dred Scott in his legal suit. Following the death of his mother Eugene Field was sent at the age of 6 to be raised by a cousin in Massachusetts, but he later returned to Missouri to work as a journalist in St. Joseph. He later worked in St. Louis, Kansas City, Denver and Chicago. He died of a heart attack at the age of 45 and was buried in the the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter, Kenilworth, Illinois. His childhood home in St. Louis is now a museum. He was famous as a humorous essayist and for his poetry, much of which was written for children and some of which reflects his deep religious faith. Some of his religious poetry, especially his Christmas poems, seem intended to be sung as carols, and a number of his texts are accordingly set to music on this website.


The Eugene Field House, 634 South Broadway, Saint Louis, Missouri. Image courtesy of the National Parks Service
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