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This book tells Esau’s life on Edisto Island, S.C. Our lives were intertwined – man & boss, 1956 until his death in 1964. Question: because we worked for gladness rather than money, are we superfluous? For here this morning comes a busybody little wren who shouts out, “Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!” Russia’s greatest poet, Alexander Pushkin, 1799-1837, wrote his celebrated book, Eugene Onegin using hundreds of sonnets. In it he told the story of two superfluous dandies: himself, Alexander, and this Eugene in their intertwined uselessness. Pushkin is never thought of as Afro-Russian, but here in the U, S. he would have been forced to sit in the back of the bus just like Esau, since his great grandfather was a dark-skinned Ethiopian. Useful then to assemble Esau Lanier out of more than 200 sonnets using the same form Pushkin used for EUGENE ONEGIN. The Smithsonian has come now and taken apart Esau’s house stick by stick, peg by peg and carried it off to Washington, D. C. Though Esau and I may be superfluous flesh, blood, & bone, yet this live oak house pegged together with locust pegs & hand-made brick will stand as a monument to the mercy, tolerance, & praise the people of Edisto have exhibited over the centuries in dealing with one another. Sometimes the wren proclaims, “Teacher! Teacher! Teacher!”
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Nick Lindsay is a carpenter who builds sixty to ninety ton trawlers, single-family houses, brick arches, and church steeples on Edisto Island, South Carolina. He and Esau met and started working together in 1955 while Lindsay was building a tenant house for one of Esau’s neighbors to live in. Lindsay is certified to teach French, Spanish, Russian, Math, English, and History in the schools of New York and South Carolina and has taught Literature and Advanced Writing for thirty years at Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana. He has published seven books of poetry and has also made three of his proposed series of oral history books from testimonies gathered on Edisto: (1) AND I’M GLAD, (2) SAM GADSDEN TELLS THE STORY—1882-1981, and (3) THE LIFE AND TIMES OF BUBBERSON BROWN—1897-1972.
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1508986053