Leaves from a Grass House

Leaves from a Grass House When Don Blanding discovered Hawai i back in the s Hawai i discovered its poet laureate For many people Blanding s poems about Hawai i keep alive their romantic dreams of a paradise in the Paci

  • Title: Leaves from a Grass House
  • Author: Don Blanding
  • ISBN: 9780912180175
  • Page: 310
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Don Blanding discovered Hawai i back in the 1920 s, Hawai i discovered its poet laureate For many people, Blanding s poems about Hawai i keep alive their romantic dreams of a paradise in the Pacific Born in Oklahoma, Blanding lived from 1894 to 1957 His great love for Hawai i and its people is reflected in his poetry This was his first book, originally rejected byWhen Don Blanding discovered Hawai i back in the 1920 s, Hawai i discovered its poet laureate For many people, Blanding s poems about Hawai i keep alive their romantic dreams of a paradise in the Pacific Born in Oklahoma, Blanding lived from 1894 to 1957 His great love for Hawai i and its people is reflected in his poetry This was his first book, originally rejected by three local publishers and self published in 1923 The first printing sold out quickly, and went on to become a classic addition to the literature of Hawai i Petroglyph Press is proud to offer a reprint of this long out of print book Blanding went on to author numerous books and later toured the country reading his poetry and sharing his experiences in Hawai i.

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    About “Don Blanding

    • 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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    • This collection made me very happy, very relaxed. It's a beautiful portrait of a beautiful way of life in a beautiful place.


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