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The Dead Men's Song

Being the Story of a Poem and a Reminiscent Sketch of its Author Young Ewing Allison

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Published: 1914
Language: English
Wordcount: 21,588 / 71 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 53.3
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 298
Added to site: 2006.09.21
mnybks.net#: 14583
Genre: Poetry
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his feelings. Write so that he will laugh _with_ you."

If I could have one grand wish it would be that everybody could know him as I do: the man; the book-worm; the toastmaster; the public speaker; the writer; the sentimentalist; the friend. Absolutely natural and approachable at all times with never the remotest hint of theatricalism, (unless the careless tossing over his shoulder of one flap of the cape of a cherished brown overcoat might be called theatrical), he is yet so many sided and complex that, without this self-same naturalness, often would be misunderstood. That he never cultivated an exclusiveness or built about himself barriers of idiosyncrasy is a distinct credit to his common sense. He's chock-full of that!

Let us see just how versatile Young Allison is. Years ago--twenty-six to be exact--he took the dry old subject of insurance and week in and out made it sparkle with such wit and brilliancy that every-day editorials became literary gems which laymen read with keenest enjoyment.

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