Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Field, Eugene

(1850-1895) US journalist and poet. Most of his fantasy consists of whimsical Children's Fantasy. His most famous fantasy for adults was the title story of The Holy Cross and Other Tales (coll 1893; exp as vol V of The Writings in Prose and Verse of Eugene Field 1896 10 vols), a Christian Fantasy about the Wandering Jew; others of note therein are "The Pagan Seal-Wife" and (from the expanded version) the comedy "The Platonic Bassoon". Volumes II and X of the posthumous Writings, A Little Book of Profitable Tales (coll 1889) and Second Book of Tales (coll 1896), contain his other children's stories, the latter also including "The Werewolf". One tale which escaped the collected works was "Story of the Two Friars" (1900; vt How One Friar Met the Devil and Two Pursued Him 1900 chap; vt The Temptation of Friar Gonsol; in Eugene Field: An Autoanalysis; How One Friar Met the Devil and Two Pursued Him coll 1901). [BS]

other works: The Symbol and the Saint: A Christmas Tale (1886 chap); Christmas Tales and Christmas Verse (coll 1912); The Divell's Chrystmass (1913 chap); The Mouse and the Moonbeam (1919 chap).

Eugene Field


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