Born in New York City, Joseph Rodman Drake removed to New Orleans when his mother remarried. Drake had little formal education, though he was well read and studied enough medicine to take a degree from Queen's College (Rutgers) in 1816. By that time he had formed a friendship with the poet Fitz-Greene Halleck, his collaborator in the "Croaker" poems. Drake toured Europe in 1818, returning to New Orleans in 1819 in a vain attempt to escape the consumption that killed him at an early age. Most of his verse was posthumously published in 1835.
1819 ca.To Fitz-Greene Halleck, Esq.
Poems, by Croaker, Croaker & Co., and Croaker Jr [with Fitz-Greene Halleck]. 1819.
The culprit fay and other poems. 1835.