Jay G. Sigmund stands as America's most forgotten Regionalist writers of the Jazz Age. Championed by Carl Sandburg, Sherwood Anderson, and Grant Wood, the Iowa writer/insurance man helped make his home state the epicenter of a national Regionalist Movement. The literary stir Sigmund created caused even popular Boston-based critic E. J. O'Brien to declare Iowa as America's new literary center and to choose six of Sigmund's short stories among the best of 1930. From 1921 to 1937, the late-blooming, dark-horse Sigmund shocked East Coast literati with glowing New York Times reviews while delighting tens of thousands of readers each week with down-to-earth verse in the biggest and best Midwestern dailies. The man Ilya Tolstoy hailed as "an American Chekhov and Maupassant," published over 1200 poems, 125 short stories, and over 25 plays while simultaneously working full-time as an insurance executive. Editor Zachary Michael Jack, himself a celebrated Iowa poet, reintroduces contemporary agrarian writers, poets of place, and eco-critics to Sigmund's essential oeuvre in a jam-packed collection featuring eight Sigmund short stories, more than fifty poems, and a complete one-act play.
Editor Zachary Michael Jack reintroduces contemporary agrarian writers, poets of place, and eco-critics to Sigmund's essential oeuvre in a jam-packed collection featuring eight Sigmund short stories, more than fifty poems, and a complete one-act play.
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Title: Plowman Sings
Author: Jay G. Sigmund
Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
Date Published: October 2008
Table of Contents:
Part 1 I. Fiction Chapter 2 From Wapsipinicon Tales (Prairie Publishing Company, 1927) Chapter 3 From Merged Blood (Maizeland Press, 1929) Chapter 4 From The Ridge Road, 1930 (Prairie Publishing Company, 1930) Chapter 5 From The Least of These, 1935 (Prairie Press, 1935) Part 6 II. Poetry Chapter 7 From Frescoes (B.J. Brimmer Company, 1922) Chapter 8 From Pinions (James T. White & Co., 1923) Chapter 9 From Land o' Maize Folk (James T. White & Co., 1924) Chapter 10 From Drowsy Ones (Prairie Publishing Company, 1925) Chapter 11 From The Ridge Road (Prairie Publishing Company, 1930) Chapter 12 From Burroak and Sumac (Cornell College, 1936) Chapter 13 From Heron at Sunset (Cornell College, 1938) Chapter 14 From The Hawk That Haunts the Sky (Coe College, 1937) Part 15 III. Drama Chapter 16 Folk Stuff
Newberry Prize-wining authorSomeday when historians of the future cast about in newspapers and magazines for material to enable them to reconstruct ways of life in the Middle West…some one may exhume Sigmund's books…and great will be the joy of the discoverer.
Fall 2009 State Historical Society Of IowaThe publication of The Plowman Sings should provide those interested in the making of literary history with ample food for thought.
From the PublisherIt is poetry full of sights and sounds, the smells and colors of the field and the woodland. There are in it that sense of freshness and surprise, that breath of field folk and orchard trees that can only be given back in poetry by one who has learned their names and all their secrets. The New York Times (1924)
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