The Poet and the Sailor

The Poet and the Sailor : The Story of My Friendship with Carl Sandburg

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Two friends, a lifetime of letters, and an intimate look at a literary icon Carl Sandburg first encountered Kenneth Dodson through a letter written at sea during World War II. Though Dodson wrote the letter to his wife, Letha, Sandburg read it in tears and told her, \u0022I've got to meet this man.\u0022 Composed primarily of their correspondence that continued until Sandburg's death in 1967, The Poet and the Sailor is a chronicle of the deep friendship that followed. Ranging over anything they found important, from writing to health and humor, the letters are arranged by Richard Dodson and are accompanied by a foreword from Sandburg's noted biographer, Penelope Niven.show more

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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 498.95g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 025203127X
  • 9780252031274

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"The correspondence between Sandburg and Dodson suggests a considerable amount about Sandburg's literary instincts, about how the older writer responsibly tutored the younger, and about Sandburg's great human warmth. Even without the Sandburg connection, the Dodson letters are of great value, because they are the reflections of a bright, self-taught, sincere, and faithful man."--Philip R. Yannella, author of The Other Carl Sandburgshow more

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