Archives: poetry

Walt Whitman’s calculated plan to achieve the fame he wanted

June 11, 2019 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, writers, writing.

Walt Whitman (whose 200th birthday we celebrated briefly last week) was 35 years old in 1854 with no job and no prospects. He knew, however, that he wanted to be a poet — a famous poet. He was well on the way to being a poet. He had already written much of his seminal work, Leaves • Read More »

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Overcoming debt and grief, Sir Walter Scott wrote – and wrote some more

May 27, 2019 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, journalism, writers.

Despite fame and great fortune, Walter Scott found himself in 1826 at a low point in his life. The year before, a banking crisis had plunged the nation into a depression, and Scott went from being a man rich with assets to a man with 130,000 pounds of debt (the equivalent of 10 million pounds • Read More »

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Robert Louis Stevenson and the birth of Treasure Island

May 18, 2019 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism.

  Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson’s great novel for young readers, sprang from a single sheet drawing he made while spending an afternoon with his stepson Lloyd in the summer of 1881. They were living in Scotland at the time, and a summer rain had confined Lloyd to the house. He spent that time in • Read More »

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September sale begins now; Max and Woody are back

August 28, 2017 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: newsletter.

This newsletter was sent to Jim’s email list (3,070) on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017. East Tennessee survived the eclipse. So did the rest of the world. Glad you’re still here. September sale These titles have been marked down for a special sale that will run through at least the second week in September. Here’s a chance for • Read More »

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