Robert Service: Under the Spell of the Yukon

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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 "The Shooting of Dan McGrew" and "The Cremation of Sam McGee," 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 ...

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Overview

Robert Service's time in the Yukon, at first as a transplanted bank clerk and later living off the royalties of poems like "The Shooting of Dan McGrew" and "The Cremation of Sam McGee," 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 "Bard of the Yukon" and the de facto poet laureate of Alaska. Robert Service sheds light on on aspects of Service's life that have been sketchily covered by other biographers, focusing on his years in the western U.S. and Canada. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of Songs of a Sourdough, was the most successful poetry book of the 20th century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781894974264
  • Publisher: Heritage House Publishing Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/15/2009
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,018,284
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Enid Mallory is a former librarian who has written for Canadian Geographic, The Beaver and Reader's Digest and is the author of several books, including Coppermine: The Far North of George M. Douglas.

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  • Posted February 27, 2015

    Great biography

    Having read Robert Service's poems for years I wanted to know more about his life. This biography is well-written and paced to hold my interest. It's informative and where the author lacks details, she states as such. Robert Service was a rock-star in his day. Back when writing was appreciated and poetry especially was respected, Service was at the top of his game. I won't get into whether Service's work was high art or not- I enjoy it and so do/did millions of others. There's nothing quite like camping in the deep snow in the middle of winter, the sun has already gone down and before you duck into bed for the long dark winter night- someone either recites or reads a copy of The Cremation of Sam McGee and suddenly you're transported to the icy cold Yukon and you can imagine yourself nearly freezing to death. Great fun.

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