Author E. A. Robinson received the Pulitzer prize three times for his pessimistic poems of "the American dream gone awry." He was born on December 22, 1869 and today would have been his 140th birthday. Robinson is best known for his short dramatic poems, including "Richard Cory" and "Miniver Cheevy." When Robinson was asked to describe his poem "Richard Cory" he said it is "a nice little thing... There isn't any idealism in it, but there's a lot of something else - humanity, maybe" (151).