Eugene Field was born in St. Louis Missouri on September 2, 1850 - died November 4, 1895 an American writer known for children poetry for children and humorous essays. After drifting through college he finally obtain a degree from Knox College and eventually become city editor of the Gazette. He was known for articles written in a light, humorous style, many were reprinted by other newspapers some being out-of-state. In 1883 he moved to Chicago where he wrote a humorous column called Sharps & Flats for the Chicago Daily News. . Eugene Field started publishing poetry in 1879, at the time his book Christian Treasures appeared. Over a dozen more volumes followed, and Field became known for his lovely poems for children, best known is "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod". Some of his works were accompanied by paintings from Maxfield Parrish.