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2016 Nominator Ballot
Chicago Literary Hall of Fame
2016 Official Ballot
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I would rather nominate someone who made Chicago their home than someone who was born here, but never embraced it or referred to it in their work. Eugene Field came from St Louis, and attended Knox College (for one year) in Galesburg, so his heart was definitely in the Midwest. He was a renowned writer of children’s poems, several of which were successfully adapted for songs, and he was a well-regarded newspaper columnist for the Chicago Daily News. 6 His children’s poems were not simplistic or trivial—the complexity and historical references in Jewish Lullaby are remarkable, and his work was accompanied by the work of the painter Maxfield Parrish in a turn of the century book of his poems. Finally, there are innumerable schools across the country named for him, and Chicago’s own Albany Park has a school, park and fieldhouse with his designation on them.
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