Paradise Loot

Paradise Loot Originally published in Paradise Loot was Don Blanding s second collection of poems about the beauty and enchantment of the Hawaiian Islands Some of these pieces were written after Blanding had

  • Title: Paradise Loot
  • Author: Don Blanding
  • ISBN: 9780912180557
  • Page: 242
  • Format: Paperback
  • Originally published in 1925, Paradise Loot was Don Blanding s second collection of poems about the beauty and enchantment of the Hawaiian Islands Some of these pieces were written after Blanding had left the islands They express the homesickness he felt when, for example, he passed a florist shop in New York and caught the fragrance of island flowers Many, such as LuaOriginally published in 1925, Paradise Loot was Don Blanding s second collection of poems about the beauty and enchantment of the Hawaiian Islands Some of these pieces were written after Blanding had left the islands They express the homesickness he felt when, for example, he passed a florist shop in New York and caught the fragrance of island flowers Many, such as Luau, and Bon Voyage, reflect the sorrow of saying goodbye and the inevitability of longing to return to the islands All invoke a strong sense of place Thousands of readers have appreciated Blanding s skill in using words to paint glorious pictures of Hawai i Fifty years after Blanding s death, he still has a following of devoted readers and fans of his unique style of writing and graphic artwork Over his lifetime he authored 21 books, most of which remain out of print.

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    • Don Blanding

      Donald Benson Blanding was an American poet who sentimentalized warm climates and was sometimes described as poet laureate of Hawaii He was also known as a journalist, author of prose, artist, and speaker Born in Kingfisher, Oklahoma, he later grew up alongside a young Lucille Billie Cassin later known as Joan Crawford , later assisting her after she cut her foot on a broken milk bottle Blanding would make this incident the focus of a poem he wrote when the two met years later He trained between 1913 and 1915 at the Art Institute of Chicago Blanding pursued further art studies in 1920, in Paris and London, traveled in Central America and the Yucatan, and resumed living in Honolulu in 1921 Finding work as an artist in an advertising agency, he happened into two years of writing poems published daily in the Honolulu Star Bulletin for an advertiser The popularity of these ad poems led Blanding to follow the advice of newspaper colleagues by publishing a collection of his poetry in 1923 When his privately published 2000 copies quickly sold out, he followed it with a commercially published edition the same year, and with additional verse and prose books For his fifth book in 1928, he no longer used a local or West Coast publisher, but the New York publisher Dodd, Mead Company The result, Vagabond s House, was reviewed promptly by the New York Times, and was a great commercial success By 1948 it went through nearly fifty printings in several editions that together sold over 150,000 copies.In 1927, he suggested and founded the annual holiday, Lei Day, in Hawaii While he remained strongly attached to Hawaii, his connections to the world of celebrities drew him often to the mainland, and his income made hotel life and multiple residences feasible Blanding married Dorothy Binney Putnam, on June 13, 1940, and they lived in Fort Pierce, Florida He died without issue on June 9, 1957.For information about the life and art of this artist and poet, see the website link referenced above.

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