WELCOME KEN TO OUR GROUP,
You sure have opened up another door in DBs life.
Edith Hope Genee was the editor the American Bard, which in the early 1960s
was supposed to have been the country's largest poetry magazine. She and
my father were old friends, having been co-editors of an adult school
newspaper at Hollywood High in the late 1930s. So she brought the printing
contract to his printshop. This then led to several poetry book jobs.
Edith had also been a close friend of Don Blanding's and I gather she
inherited the rights to many of his illustrations, as they were a constant
source for inclusion in the American Bard and many of the poetry books
published by Swordsman.
Did Edith or your parents ever talk about her relationship with Don? We
know they traveled to Hawaii together and on book signing tours. Also that he
lived at her home. A lady I visited in Tucson, Az. said that Edith wanted to
marry Don but he was not the marrying type, Do you know anything about
When she passed away, many of the Don Blanding
prints she had were given to another poet-friend, Mary Cox, who was active
in the Chaparrel Poets. In turn, when Mary died, the prints passed to my
father. I am just now in the middle of cleaning up my parents' house and I
uncovered a pile of Blanding prints, as well as several pieces of Vernon
ceramics and some sheet music for which Blanding wrote the lyrics.
Ken can you scan these DB prints and show them to us. As a member, you are
able to put them in our files.
East Asian Library
University Information Services
University of Southern California
(213) 740-7437 (fax)
Wish I had know about you last month\h. I went to the library to research
Dons secretary of the 30s. He graduated from SC in 1926 and I searched the
old grad books for him.
Welcome aboard. know you will find it interesting here. Do check out Keith
Emmons site a www.don-blanding.com <http://www.don-blanding.com/
> . You will
learn a lot there.
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