Poet's Progress

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Lulu.com, Aug 9, 2010 - Poets laureate - 500 pages
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The memoirs of James Larkin Pearson (1879-1981), the second Poet Laureate of North Carolina. Born in a crude cabin atop Wilkes County's Berry Mountain, James Larkin Pearson was determined to become a poet. He had little formal education, and spent his early years in farming and carpentry. Pearson said he "Worked on the farm till I was 21 years old. Many of my poems were composed as I went about my work on the farm. I always carried my notebook and pencil to the field with me, and as I trudged between the plow-handles in the hot sunshine, my mind was busy working out a poem."In addition to his poetry, Mr. Pearson published The Fool-Killer a successful newspaper that acquired a circulation of some 5,000 readers.On August 4, 1953, Governor William B. Umstead appointed Pearson as the North Carolina Poet Laureate of the State. He held this post until his death, on August 27, 1981.
  

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Contents

McNeil
10
Franklin Frank McNeil
23
Milton McNeil and Martha Barlow McNeil
32
Louise McNeil Pearson
35
William Thomas Pearson
36
Paw and Maw
37
Log Cabin on Berry Mountain by Crews
39
Andy Gould
50
Agnes Pearson Eller Fox Age 5
256
Letter to Agnes Pearson from James Larkin Pearson
258
Letter to Agnes Pearson from Mary Livermore
259
Agnes Pearson Eller Fox Age 16
260
The Death of My Mother Maw Mrs Louise McNeil Pearson
293
Miss X
307
Bayard Taylor
319
Information to Modern Maturity
332

About Christmas
63
Signs
70
My Workshop Behind the Crib and Barlow Knife
84
Guns
97
Personality
101
Rev Anse Pardue
114
Deep Dark Hollow
129
The Mills of My Youth
135
Water Courses in Wilkes County
148
Purlear
161
A Vision
174
The Howard House at Old Elkville
187
Leaving Home
191
Pearsons Printing Press Housed at Wilkes Community College
201
The Old Coffey Laws Home
204
Amateur Journalists
218
Washington The Farrell Boarding House
231
Cora Wallace Pearson
238
Cora Wallace Pearsons Poem for Blanche Rose
240
Castle Gates
241
The nameplate of The FoolKiller 1920
249
Home of James Larkin and Cora Wallace Pearson
253
Trying Other Writers
254
James Larkin Pearson at his home in Guilford College NC 1941
340
North Carolina Poet Laureate Award Certificate
343
Richmond
345
National Highway 421 East from North Wilkesboro
352
Eleanor Fox Pearson
362
Agnes Pearson Eller Fox
365
Portrait of James Larkin Pearson by Joe King
366
Married Twice and No Blood Line Descendants
367
James Larkin Pearson 1963
368
Pearson Tombstone Moravian Falls Church Photo by Jan G Hensley
373
James Larkin Pearson Library 19812004
379
Reflections on Being EightyNine
380
Portrait of James Larkin Pearson by Henry Rood
381
The Editors Wife Speaks
387
Old Times in Wilkes
401
Shaking the Bridge
414
Look After the Bridge
418
Picnic at Iron and Lithia Springs
433
Bobs Age Given Away
446
James Larkin Pearson Letter Regarding Fort Hamby
454
Plenty of Grand Parents
461
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