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Evoking images of West Florida's Chipola River Country and other regions from Pensacola to Tallahassee, Jesse Earle Bowden's " Song of Many Septembers" in this expanded Florida Classic Edition continues the nostalgic anthem that began with his popular 1979 memoir, Always the Rivers Flow - now too in a Florida Classic Edition. He expanded the theme with his best-selling West Florida novel, Look and Tremble, and his later Southern story collection, Embrace an Autumnal Heart. Lyrically portraying a Southern boyhood of the 1930's and 1940's, Bowden accents this edition with four fictional stories, " Ruby's Café," "Six Bushels of Corn," "Atchafalaya" and "The Worm Grunters." Memorable Pensacola News Journal columns and features trace the changing seasons, holidays, family gatherings, politics, vote-buying, country boy sports and humorous small-town stories. He profiles Southern novelists William Faulkner and Thomas Clayton Wolfe, legendary Florida Governor Fuller Warren and Southern humorist/philosopher Brother Dave Gardner; brings alive Civil War battles Shiloh and Gettysburg, Old South Charleston and Savannah, and wilderness Wakulla Springs, Dead Lakes and Okefenokee Swamp; salutes Don Sutton and his major league Hall of Fame destiny, and rides the Gulf Wind into railroading history. With many other sentimental journeys and many evocative drawings, Bowden again awakens the soul and spirit of the past colliding with the future in his native West Florida.
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Pensacola News Journal Editor Emeritus Jesse Earle Bowden - prizewinning newspaper editor and cartoonist for forty-four years - was editor-in-chief, vice president and editorial board chairman from 1966 to 1997. He continues his News Journal column and editorial cartoons. Historian, book illustrator, author of eleven books, Bowden - a pioneer of Pensacola's historical preservation movement - is recognized for inspiring the establishment of Gulf Islands National Seashore. He was designated an honorary ranger by the National Park Service; the Santa Rosa Island seashore highway is named the J. Earle Bowden Way. A native of Altha, a West Florida town in Chipola Country, the Florida State University graduate teaches journalistic writing at the University of West Florida, which awarded him an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters (1985). A 1967 charter trustee of the Historic Pensacola Preservation Board, Bowden served as board chairman (1982-2001) and continues the program under the University of West Florida as President of West Florida Preservation. The J. Earle Bowden Building in Historic Pensacola honors his community work. He was Pensacola Historical Society president for eight years.Review:
Bowden has been a mainstay for history and historical preservation for years. His writing truly inspires people. -- Sandra Johnson, Pensacola Historical Society
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Book Description Half Moon Pub, 1990. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0962785601