The Course of History

Dear Folks: Letters Home, 1964-72

Richard Hugo’s twenty-odd books (two of them posthumous) include The Lady in Kicking Horse Reservoir (1973), The Triggering Town: Lectures and Essays on Poetry and Writing (1979), The Right Madness on Skye (1980), and The Real West Marginal Way: A Poet’s Autobiography (1986). Born in White Center, Washington, on 21 December 1923, Hugo served as a bombardier in the Mediterranean during World War II. When he returned home he enrolled at the University of Washington, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in creative writing. After working as a technical writer at Boeing for thirteen years, Hugo was hired at the University of Montana, where he taught for almost eighteen years. He died on 22 October 1982, at the age of fifty-eight.

Letter to William Sutton

Erskine Caldwell (1903–1987) published twenty-six novels, sixteen collections of short stories, fifteen books of nonfiction, two children’s books, and a collection of poetry in a literary career that spanned seven decades. Born in Coweta County, Caldwell attended Erskine College and the University of Virginia,  beginning to write in earnest while at the latter. Two early stories caught the attention of legendary editor Maxwell Perkins, leading to the publication of Caldwell’s first book, the short story collection American Earth (1931). His two most notable titles are Tobacco Road (1932), considered by many critics to be one of the top one hundred English-language novels of the twentieth century, and God’s Little Acre (1933), which has sold over fourteen million copies. In 1984 Caldwell was elected to the fifty-chair body of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. According to the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, his books have sold more than 80 million copies and have been translated into 43 languages. (Inducted as a charter member in 2000)

Children’s Children Speech

J. Allyn Rosser’s fourth poetry collection, Mimi’s Trapeze, appeared in 2014 from Pittsburgh University Press. Rosser has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, and the Ohio Arts Council. She teaches at Ohio University.


Memento Mori

Genius Loci

on David Nokes’s Samuel Johnson: A Life

Jacob M. Appel has published short stories in such literary journals as the Gettysburg Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, and Southwest Review. He is a graduate of the MFA program at New York University and practices medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. This is his first appearance in The Georgia Review.

Danse Macabre (with an introduction by Susan Ludvigson)

Connie Imboden’s first collection of photographs, Out of Darkness (Zürich and Paris: Edition Fotofolie, 1992), won the 1993 silver medal in the Swiss competition Schönste Bücher aus Aller Welt (Most Beautiful Book in the World). Imboden’s other books of photography are The Raw Seduction of Flesh (London: Silver Arts, 1999), Beauty of Darkness (New York: Custom & Limited Editions, 1999), and Piercing Illusions (San Francisco: Foto Book Press, 2001). Her work has been published in Focus, Aperture, American Photo, and elsewhere, and is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the National Museum of American Art in Washington, among many others. Imboden teaches photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art, the Maine Media Workshops, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Center for Photography at Woodstock.