Posted on February 19, 2014 by Danny
After over a half year, we have a post! It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted, but I can finally say that my dissertation is complete! I submitted my defense draft on Monday and am now awaiting my oral defense. Lord willing, I’ll be graduating in May! What does that mean for this site? I can hopefully devote more time to it than I have in the recent past!
Kindle Edition, “Boon Island,” from Amazon.com
Since I’ve been gone, I received an email from Stephen Erickson, co-author of Boon Island: A True Story of Mutiny, Shipwreck, and Cannibalism (Globe Pequot, 2012). Along with Andrew Vietze, Erickson writes about the shipwreck of the Nottingham Galley on Boon Island, the same event that was the subject of Kenneth Roberts’ own Boon Island. Here is the blurb on the back jacket (courtesy of Amazon.com):
The wreck of the Nottingham Galley on Boon Island and the resultant rumors of insurance fraud, mutiny, treason, and cannibalism was one of the most sensational stories of the early eighteenth century. Shortly after departing England with Captain John Deane at the helm, his brother Jasper and another investor aboard, and an inexperienced crew, the ship encountered French privateers on her way to Ireland, where she then lingered for weeks picking up cargo. They eventually headed into the North Atlantic and then found themselves shipwrecked on the notorious Boon Island, just off the New England coast. Captain Deane offered one version of the events that led them to the barren rock off the coast of Maine; his crew proposed another. In the hands of skilled storytellers Andrew Vietze and Stephen Erickson, this becomes a historical adventure that reveals mysteries that endure to this day.
I can’t wait to read this recent account of the Nottingham Galley and see how it compares and contrasts with Roberts’ account. Stephen Erickson has kindly agreed to do a Q&A with me about the book – something that I plan on posting to this website soon.
In the meantime, for you Kenneth Roberts fans and for those who love history, purchase this book and read! Feel free to email me your thoughts on the book as well. It looks as if I’ll need to refresh myself on Roberts’ book as I wait on Erickson’s book.
Much thanks to Stephen Erickson for reaching out to this website!
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Posted on July 29, 2013 by Danny
- I recently had a reader of this website send me an email asking me the following question:
When young, I was an avid KR fan. I seem to remember one of his books talking about lawn mowing at Oxford. How to get a perfect lawn, mow one way for a hundred years and then the opposite for the next hundred, etc.
Can you direct me to the passage? Or does my memory play tricks on me?
I must confess that I have not been able to find what he is looking for. I’ve looked through his various essays in For Author’s Only and those provided in the Reader, but to no avail. If you know what our reader is referring to, please email me at:
kennethrobertswebsite at gmail dot com
- Also, another reader – abradley41 – commented on another post that Barnes and Noble has Oliver Wiswell for FREE for the Nook. So, if you’re an e-reader fanatic, here’s an excellent Roberts novel for free! Here is the link.
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Posted on May 20, 2013 by Danny
Ahhh! The semester is nearly over, and I can now turn to this site! I apologize for the longer than expected hiatus; after my Ph. D. comps (which I passed!), I was inundated with massive amounts of grading (which finally ended) until this weekend. Nevertheless, I want to offer some blog links for you to read – blogs that have mentioned Kenneth Roberts – as a means to pass time until I can get a substantive post written.
Filed under: K.R. in the Blogosphere | Tagged: Eastman Living, Historical Novels, John Pushon, normblog, Sun Hunting, TwoNerdyHistoryGirls | Leave a comment »
Posted on February 26, 2013 by Danny
Things have been too quiet here on the website – that will soon change after the first week of March when my comps are complete. In the meantime, enjoy the official movie trailer for the Spencer Tracy film Northwest Passage (1940). I’ve been hunting for a copy of the movie lately, but have been unsuccessful in finding a copy, so here’s the next best thing until I locate a copy. Enjoy!
Northwest Passage (1940) Official Trailer
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Posted on February 6, 2013 by Danny
As technology has improved and become more accessible to the mass, how one receives their news has expanded from the newspaper only to the internet (computer and phone), TV (cable and network), newspaper (online or print; independent or conglomerate), Twitter, and Facebook (I include the last two apart from the internet as they seem to be “news reporters” in their own right; ABC’s “Good Morning, America” even has a segment in which they report news from Twitter and/or other social media). With the glut of news sources, the media resorts to pandering to their audience by “reporting” on issues their audience find important. Issues that, in the grand scheme of things, are unimportant and superfluous. For instance, does it really matter what someone wore to the Grammy Awards? And when a “news item” hits a nerve with the audience, the news outlet harps on that issue, regardless of the fact that there may be no real news to report. Such is the world we live in today – a world in which the news we receive is mundane and over-hyped.
While it is easy to view today’s news as over-hyping the mundane, it appears that the same can be said of the news outlets of the past. On January 19, 1945 the NY Times reported Kenneth Roberts’ stay at the New England Baptist Hospital in Boston. According to the very brief article (p. 26, 1/19/45 edition, NY Times), Roberts was admitted to the hospital to undergo treatments for a neck infection. As of the time the article was written, Roberts’ condition “was described as satisfactory.” He had been ill for ten days prior to being admitted to the hospital.
Apparently, the news of yesterday included the mundane as well, which leads me to think that perhaps the mundane has its place in the news. If the NY Times had not reported on Kenneth Roberts’ stay at a Boston hospital in January of 1945, we would not be able to know more of Kenneth Roberts’ life. So, despite my complaints, I guess the tendency of today’s media serves a purpose, at least to provide fodder for the historians of tomorrow.
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Posted on February 1, 2013 by Danny
While I enjoy the conveniences technology affords us – such as the iPhone, laptops, internet, etc. – I must confess that I have not taken hold of the e-book craze. I’ve only bought one Kindle book, and that was out of necessity. Google Books offers numerous partial-views or full-views of books. One can own thousands of books without owning a book case. But, that’s not for me. I’d rather sit in a room flooded with books. I want to hold a book in my hands and smell the pages as I thumb through them. And when I need to reference a book previously read, I don’t mind getting out of my desk chair to retrieve the book from across the room.
Nevertheless, Google Books and the move to digitize book has its advantages to poor Ph. D. students like me. And here is where this post connects to this website. Ever since I began my hunt for anything Kenneth Roberts – not just his novels, but his books written in the 1920s, his Post articles, his cookbook, and his water dowsing books – I have sought tenaciously for, but never succeeded, his books written in the 1920s during his Post days. No bookstore that I have visited – from Louisiana to Maine – has carried these books. No yard sale has happened to miraculously have a rare copy of one of these books. Nope. Only the Ebays, Amazons, Alibris, etc. of the world have carried these books, and at a price that I cannot yet afford. So, for the longest of times, I had to yearn for these books, longing to read what Roberts wrote before his days as a historical fiction writer.
Well, thanks to Google and other digitizing efforts, Kenneth Roberts’ fans can read books such as Why Europe Leaves Home and Europe’s Morning After. All one needs to do is to access Google Books, and type in the title or Kenneth Roberts’ name, and within seconds one can be reading a rare book in digitized form. I discovered that one can even purchase Why Europe Leaves Home in Kindle version.
But still, I hesitate reading these titles via Google Books. There’s part of me that wants to wait to read them until I have the book in hand – literally.
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Posted on January 31, 2013 by Danny
Today’s “Kenneth Roberts in Current News” comes from The Bethel Citizen and a piece titled “Locke’s Mills” by Betsey Foster in which, it appears, Ms. Foster provides tidbits of news from the surrounding area. In today’s piece, Ms. Foster makes mention of Kenneth Roberts. What I found interesting about Ms. Foster’s piece is that Kenneth Roberts would visit a local farm of a friend to do some of his writing for the Post.
Kenneth Roberts, author of the novels “Arundel,” “Rabble in Arms,” “Northwest Passage” and more, came to an old farm in Ketchum to write his columns for The Saturday Evening Post and other magazines. As the story goes, Roberts’ friends, who owned the farm, would drag him up here from Kennebunk, Maine, for a “sobering” few days so he could get the article written.
I find such tidbits of information fascinating, as it gives us a glimpse into the goings on of Kenneth Roberts – stuff you won’t find in scholarly works or biographical works.
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