Robert Service

Robert Service

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Robert Service's time in the Yukon, at first as a transplanted bank clerk and later living off the royalties of poems like qThe Shooting of Dan McGrewq and qThe Cremation of Sam McGee, q is the core of a fascinating life. Starving in Mexico, residing in a California bordello, farming on Vancouver Island and pursuing unrequited love in Vancouver were only preludes to his Yukon years and his first poems. Words were Robert Service's lifelong passion, and he set them on many stages. But it was his McGrew, McGee and other players of the Great White North who glittered with a golden glow and forever made him the qBard of the Yukonq and the de facto poet laureate of Alaska. Robert Service sheds light on aspects of the poet's life that have only been sketchily covered by other biographers, focusing on his years in Canada and the western U.S. This new softcover edition features a selection of some of his most popular poems, including qThe Cremation of Sam McGeeq, qThe Shooting of Dan McGrewq, qThe Call of the Wildq, qThe Spell of the Yukonq and qThe Ballad of Blasphemous Billq.In a letter written in 1938, Sam says: aquot;I went to the Yukon in the fall of 1898, and that winter freighted the steamer a#39;Glenara#39; [i.e., Gleaner] from the White Pass to the head of Lake Bennett.aquot; By the fall of 1898, enterprising men were building larger anbsp;...

Title:Robert Service
Author: Enid Mallory
Publisher:Heritage House Publishing Co - 2008

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