Berton Braley 1923

Berton Braley, 1923 age 41

Once a well known American poet, the highly prolific Brayley is often considered to be the American version of Rudyard Kipling.


Berton Braley (29 January 1882 - 23 January 1966) was an American poet born in Madison, Wisconsin. At age 16, Braley quit high school and got a job working as a factory hand at a plow plant. After a few years, Braley went back to school and received his high school diploma. Shortly thereafter he discovered Tom Hood's poetry instructional book The Rhymester.

Braley was first published at the age of 11 when a small publication printed a fairy tale he wrote.

He was a prolific writer, with verses in many magazines, including Coal Age, American Machinist, Nation's Business, Forbes Magazine, Harper's Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, and the Saturday Evening Post. He published twenty books, about half of them being poetry collections.

In 1917, John Philip Sousa wrote a marching song for the University of Wisconsin, titled Wisconsin Forward Forever with lyrics by Berton Braley.

In 1934, Braley published the autobiographical Pegasus Pulls a Hack: Memoirs of a Modern Minstrel.

Poetry collectionsEdit

  • Abrams, Linda Tania (editor). Virtues in Verse: The Best of Berton Braley. California, The Atlantean Press. 1993. ISBN 0-9626854-3-7.

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