4603Re: [aloha-donblanding] Re: Valley of the Moon - Jack London
- Jan 26, 2011Glad to have sparked a new interest. There is a book I saw several years ago
when I was researching at the Carmel Historical Library. I've forgotten the
actual title but I think I can locate it again. The title of the book might
have been Carmel's Bohemian Poets, or some derivative of that name. I browsed
it but didn't get a chance to read it and now I wish I had. I'll track it down.
It mentioned and discussed some of the writers I mentioned (Stoddard, Sterling,
London and others). One interesting fact I remembered was how the 1906
earthquake unsettled this same group of writers and they had to move to Carmel
because their SF building was destroyed in the quake. I would be interested in
reading Charmain's letters from the 1930's. I think DB met Armine for the first
time at their publishers office in NY if I remember the story correctly. I'm
interested in what motivated and inspired DB to do some things that I previously
ascribed to his just being a self motivated vagabond. I don't think it was
always the case. There may have been more influences on him that we know. As a
side note, there is another bio on Jack London that suggests he was homosexual
or bi-sexual and he and his best buddy from Carmel, George Sterling were linked.
That one threw me for a loop. I hadn't a clue. A-La-Don Blanding? Isn't
research fun!!! tj
From: Cadia <duchess@...>
Sent: Tue, January 25, 2011 7:16:02 PM
Subject: [aloha-donblanding] Re: Valley of the Moon - Jack London
Jack London certainly was well known when Don Blanding was a school boy, so it
is very likely that he read his books.
London died in November 1916, just a month or so before DB arrived in Honolulu.
The newspapers often mentioned London and his wife, particularly in regard to
the lifesize bust that was commissioned to honor his memory.
I think DB may have met Charmian long before 1935; he met Armine in 1928, and
both DB and Charmian were in Honolulu in earlier years.
TJ, I have a number of Honolulu Star-Bulletin or Advertiser clips about the
Londons. Give me a few days to round them up and perhaps I can provide more
information about any connection to DB.
Bev, did I include the London clips when I sent you material about Armine?
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