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4595Re: [aloha-donblanding] Valley of the Moon - Jack London

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  • THOMAS MARKLE
    Jan 24, 2011
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      Where did you get access to Charmain's dairy? And, do you know if the meeting
      was chance or pre-arranged? What is a Canon dinner?




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      From: Bev Leinbach <bevbach@...>
      To: aloha-donblanding@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Mon, January 24, 2011 11:49:51 AM
      Subject: RE: [aloha-donblanding] Valley of the Moon - Jack London


      Aloha,

      According to Charmian London's diary, she me Don Blanding on Jan. 30, 1935
      at a Hollywood Canon dinner with Armine & Al while she was visiting them.

      I got the feeling that she knew of him before she met him.

      Bev.

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      From: aloha-donblanding@yahoogroups.com
      [mailto:aloha-donblanding@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of tjmarkle2005
      Sent: Monday, January 24, 2011 10:29 AM
      To: aloha-donblanding@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [aloha-donblanding] Valley of the Moon - Jack London

      I've been reading classics again and I just finished a biography on Jack
      London. Some thoughts raced through my mind that I thought I'd bounce off
      the group. It might be pure fantasy but maybe fun to think about. My
      thoughts are:

      Jack London's hay day was during Don's early teen development. Did Don read
      Jack London or be influenced by Jack's vagabond writer charisma? I've not
      come across anything in writing by Don or anyone else that suggests this but
      I'd be surprised if Don didn't know of Jack London and his exploits.

      Don's mother gave him travel books by Stoddard to read before his teen
      years. The Stoddard travel books, so it was said, influenced Don and may
      have given Don the Centaur image that he carried with him the rest of his
      life. The Stoddard travel books also opened up the world to Don and showed
      him that Lawton was not the only place on earth. Later on Stoddard was part
      of a Bohemian writers group that resided in Carmel in the early 1900's. Jack
      London was part of this group and he was friends with George Sterling a
      prominent writer in Carmel who was a part of the Bohemian Carmel group.
      Stoddard, London and a few others were prominent Bohemian writers bouncing
      in and out of Carmel, San Francisco and Jack's home in Glenn Ellen. This was
      before Don ever left Lawton. These great writers set the stage for future
      Carmel writers and artists like Don.

      In January 1916, Jack London with Charmain went to Hawaii on a trip to help
      heal him of various afflictions. It was Dec. 1916 that Don arrived in
      Hawaii. I know the story of the Hawaiian play he saw in Kansas. Might Don
      have known about Jack London going to Hawaii
      in 1916 the same year Don went and the rest of the story of Don is known.
      Jack also spent time with the Temsky's in Hawaii. Don later had a friendship
      with Armine Von Temsky who also used Don's home in Carmel. Coincidence?

      I'm sure that Jack's trips were known to the public as he was such a popular
      figure of the day. Might that have influenced Don to go to Hawaii as well as
      the play? Don the future vagabond imitating the the current and most famous
      vagabond, Jack London?

      It was around 1935 that Don left Taos and camped his way with Scotty to
      Carmel where he located himself for some time. In between Taos and Carmel
      came a short stay with Charmain London in Jack's old digs. How did he know
      to stop there? I've seen nothing in Don's writing that really describes this
      stop over with Charmain or any advance letters, communications, etc. Was his
      choice of Carmel influenced by this group of Bohemian writers long since
      gone?

      Obviously this is all curious speculation but there are certain ties with
      Stoddard/London/Temsky's that are curious and might require extra digging.
      Again, I've read nothing that connects any of this together and it may be
      pure fantasy. But, what fun to think about.

      With that I close my first post on this site for 2011.

      tj

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