Pen Name: None
Born: April 26, 1868 in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Died: December 23, 1938
Celebrated on the Illinois State Library, Gwendolyn Brooks Building
"I knew from the very start of my consciousness as a writer that whatever force I had in me was soley due to my tradition, my blood and the soil I was born to...that I was a medium for the expression of force not myself" - Robert Herrick
Herrick moved to Chicago in 1893 and was a Professor of English at the University of Chicago from 1893 to 1923.
Biographical and Professional Information
Robert Herrick moved to Chicago from Cambridge, Massachusetts to join the faculty of the University of Chicago English Department, where he remained for 30 years. Along with Henry Blake Fuller, Herrick was an important figure in the Chicago literary scene in the years just preceding the Chicago Renaissance. His Chicago novels include: The Gospel of Freedom (1898), The Web of Life (1900), The Common Lot (1904), Memoirs of An American Citizen (1905) and Chimes (1926), a negative account of the University of Chicago. Herrick is known for his Chicago novels of realism contrasting the upper and lower classes.
- The Gospel of Freedom, 1898
- The Web of Life, 1900
- The Common Lot, Reprint Services Corp, 1904
- The Memoirs of an American Citizen, 1905 - reprinted by Services Corp in 1999
- Together, Reprint Services Corp, 1908
- Waste, Reprint Services Corp, 1924
- Chimes, 1926 - reprinted by Services Corp in 1988
- The Master of the Inn, Reprint Services Corp, 1938
- Clark's Field, Reprint Services Corp, 1988
- The End of Desire, Reprint Services Corp, 1988
- The Web of Life, Hard Press, 2006
Titles for Purchase and at Your Library
Chimes (The Collected Works of Robert Herrick)
Release Date: 1988-05
- Name engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures, 1990
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