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 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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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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Mallory's use of previously unpublished family papers brings our most celebrated poet into much clearer focus. --Trevor S. Raymond, Canadian Book Review annual

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