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The Bibliomaniac's Bride

by Eugene Field

The poem tells the story of a bibliomaniac, or book lover, who is obsessed with collecting rare and valuable books. He falls in love with a woman who shares his passion for books and decides to propose to her. However, his love for books ultimately proves to be too great, and he is forced to choose between his collection and his love for his fiancée. The poem is a lighthearted and amusing take on the subject of book collecting, poking fun at the obsession and sometimes ridiculous lengths that bibliophiles will go to in pursuit of their hobby. It is written in rhyming couplets and uses playful language and witty humor to convey its message. The poem's title is a nod to the word "bibliomania," which refers to the excessive collecting of books or the love of books. "The Bibliomaniac's Bride" is a beloved classic of American poetry, and it continues to be popular among readers and literary enthusiasts today. It is often included in anthologies of humorous poetry and is considered one of Eugene Field's most memorable and enduring works. The poem's humorous take on the love of books and the collector's mindset has resonated with readers for over a century, making it a timeless piece of literature.

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Eugene Field Sr. was an American writer, best known for his children's poetry and humorous essays. He was known as the "poet of childhood". Field was born in St. Louis, Missouri at 634 S. Broadway wh...

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