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Gelett Burgess
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    (January 30, 1866-September 18, 1951)
    Born in Boston, Massachusetts
    Birth name was Frank Gelett Burgess
    Wrote for the monthly magazine 'The Lark'
    Wrote the books 'Goops and How to Be One' (1900) and 'Are You a Bromide' (1907)
    Created the comic strip 'The Goops' (1924)
    Best known poem was 'The Purple Cow' (I never saw a purple cow/I never hope to see one/But I can tell you anyhow/I'd rather see than be one)
    He was fired from his job as a technical drawing instructor at the University of California at Berkeley after toppling several statues he considered an eyesore.
    His 'Purple Cow' is often misattributed to fellow nonsense poet Ogden Nash.
    He got so frustrated with being associated with the poem that he wrote the sequel, 'Yes I wrote the Purple Cow/I'm sorry now I wrote it/But I can tell you anyhow/I'll kill you if you quote it.'
    His article 'The Wild Men of Paris' introduced Americans to cubist art.
    He coined the word 'blurb.'
    He founded the Boys' Club of San Francisco (1891).
    He wrote, 'To appreciate nonsense requires a serious interest in life.'

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