A Question of Stoddards ???
Okay, this is a really wild conjecture . . . .
One of the Monterey Peninsula's early literary lights was Charles
Warren Stoddard (1843-1909), a poet and traveller who wrote much of the
"South Seas" including Hawaii.
Now I don't know if there's a chance that DB looked for more works
by J. L. Stoddard and found C. W. Stoddard's books, but there is a
possibility . . . and connections to travel, poetry, Hawaii and the Carmel
area. Does anyone know if Blanding had any connections to Charles Stoddard?
By the way, does anyone know if the two Stoddards are related?
At 07:07 PM 4/4/03 +0000, you wrote:
From: "tjmarkle2003" <tjmarkle@...>
Subject: Stoddard Lectures
We have information that as a chile, DB's mom gave him the Stoddard
Lecture series to read and that it supposedly influenced him to become the
vagabond he was. Stoddard certainly was a globe trotter himself, having
traveled all over the world and writing books on what he saw. Very different
from DB however.
Well, I stumbled across the entire collection (10 volumes and 3
supplemental volumes) for a small price and bought them. I'm thumbing
through them now, just browsing, seeing what DB saw and what might have
I hadn't seen one before and they are quite interesting reading, having
been published in 1898. Lots of the old tin type pictures and history of
important countries and cities of the world. There is some poetry scattered in
each volume (I've thumbed through 3 so far) but I can't determine if Stoddard
was the poet or if he included other poets work in his books. If I come across
anything interesting I'll email the info.
Thought you all might like to know all of this! tj
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- Hello, Jeff!
I don't know if there's any connection between the Stoddards, but
what a coincidence. Voracious reader that he was, Blanding may well
have encountered the Monterey area Stoddard's work, either as a boy
or later in life. Do we know why DB settled in Carmel in the first
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