Aleta George - Ina Coolbrith

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 6:00pm

Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of California's First Poet Laureate is a new biography about a pioneer poet, Oakland's first public librarian, and the most popular literary ambassador in the early American West. In post-Gold Rush San Francisco, Coolbrith was known as the pearl of her tribe, a tribe that included Bret Harte, Mark Twain, and John Muir. Jack London and Isadora Duncan considered her their literary godmother, and John Greenleaf Whittier knew more of her poems by heart than she did his. Regardless of the acclaim from others, Coolbrith faced a series of challenges throughout her life that tested her devotion to her art. In the end, she put her full faith in poetry and her story reveals the saving grace of creativity in a woman's life. Aleta George's deftly told and deeply researched book follows the struggles and triumphs of Coolbrith from her birth in 1841 as a niece of Mormon founder Joseph Smith to her death in 1928 as California's most beloved poet. 

Aleta George is a journalist and independent scholar who writes about nature and culture in California. Her work has been featured in Smithsonian.com, High Country News, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Bay Nature magazine.

Location: 
1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111
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$19.95
ISBN: 9780986124013
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Shifting Plates Press - March 10th, 2015

In post-Gold Rush San Francisco, Ina Coolbrith was known as the pearl of her tribe, a tribe that included Bret Harte, Mark Twain, and John Muir. Jack London and Isadora Duncan considered her their literary godmother, and John Greenleaf Whittier knew more of her poems by heart than she did his.