by George J. Dance

Edmund Vance Cook (1866-1932). Courtesy Iowa Digital Library.

Edmund Vance Cooke (June 5, 1866 - December 18, 1932) was a Canadian poet. He has been called the "Poet laureate of childhood." He was among the earliest poets to broadcast their poetry.[1]

Life[edit | edit source]

Cooke was born in Port Dover, Ontario. At 13 or 14 he began working for the White Sewing Machine Co.[1]

In 1893 he became a self-employed poet. His debut collection of verse came out in 1894. At least 15 more would follow.[1]

He married Lilith Castleberry in 1898; the couple had 5 children.[2]

In 1920 Cooke began broadcasting his poetry on the new Detroit, Michigan, news radio station, WWJ.[1]

He died in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1932.[1]

Publications[edit | edit source]

Poetry[edit | edit source]

  • A Patch of Pansies (as "J. Edmund V. Cooke"). New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1894.
  • Rimes to be Read (as "J. Edmund V. Cooke"). Chicago: W.B. Conkey, 1897
  • Impertinent Poems. Boston: Forbes, 1903;
    • 2nd edition (illustrated by Gordon Ross). New York: Dodge, 1907.
  • A Morning's Mail. Philadelphia: Pearson, 1907.
  • I Rule the House. New York: Dodge, 1910.
  • Basebology. Chicago: Forbes, 1912.
  • The Story Club. New York: Dodge, 1912.
  • The Uncommon Commoner, and similar songs of democracy. New York: Dodge, 1913.
  • Just Then Something Happened. New York: Dodge, 1914.
  • Brass Tacks Ballads. Chicago: Bookfellows, 1924.
  • Companionable Poems. Chicago: A.C. McClurg, 1924.
  • From the Book of Extenuations. New York: George H. Doran, 1926.

Juvenile[edit | edit source]

Poetry[edit | edit source]

Stories[edit | edit source]


How did you die? Edmund Vance Cooke

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy the University of Toronto.[1]

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Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Cooke, Edmund Vance (1866-1932), Representative Poetry Online, University of Toronto,, Web, Nov. 18, 2011.
  2. Edmund Vance Cooke, AllPoetry. Web, Apr. 3, 2017.

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