Poet JOAQUIN MILLER Five Handwitten & Signed Lines 1876 + signed sheet


Poet, Journalist
The best work of American poet and journalist Joaquin Miller (pseudonym of Cincinnatus Hiner Miller ) conveys a sense of the majesty and excitement of the Old West. His best known poem is "Columbus" with its refrain, "On, sail on!"--once familiar to millions of American schoolchildren. Between 1862 and 1866 Miller owned a pony express and a newspaper and was a county judge in Canyon City, Oregon. In his newspaper, The Eugene Democratic Register, he wrote an article defending the Mexican bandit?/patriot? Joaquin Murietta, whose given name he later used as his pseudonym.

In 1870, he traveled to England where his exotic manners and flamboyant western costume made him a great favorite with the literati. Pacific Poems (1871) was privately printed there. Songs of the Sierras ( 1871), upon which his reputation mainly rests, was loudly acclaimed in England, while generally derided in the United States for its excessive romanticism. His other books of poetry in cluded Songs of the Sunlands (1873), The Ship in the Desert (1875), The Baroness of New York (1877), Songs of Italy (1878), Memorie and Rime (1884), and the Complete Poetical Works (1897).

Autograph Quotation Signed

"Joaquin Miller

New York

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