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About the Author

Robert William Service (1874–1958) was a British-Canadian poet and writer who has often been called "the Bard of the Yukon". Service is best known for his poems "The Shooting of Dan McGrew" and "The Cremation of Sam McGee", from his first book, Songs of a Sourdough. "These humorous tales in verse were considered doggerel by the literary set, yet remain extremely popular to this day." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 86 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477430970
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477430972
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,720,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Songs Of A Sourdough" is Robert Service at his best!. This is nature poetry at its finest. Here the Bard Of The Yukon use picture words that place the reader right in the Yukon of old. As you read you can see the stranger stagger in to the Malamute saloon and feel the fifty below gush of air until he closes the door behind him. You will hear him play the piano and see the ghastly look of the Lady that's known as Lou. You too will jump for the floor when the shooting of Dangerous Dan McGrew starts. You too will hear the Call of The Yukon and understand its Law while you come to appreciate The Younger Son.

I bought my first copy of "Songs Of A Sourdough" during my Canadian honeymoon in 1980. From experience I can give you one bit of advice. Do not, I repeat, do not ever pick up this book unless you want to be hooked on Robert Service and his songs forever.
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One terrific poem in this book makes the whole thing worthwhile - "The Spell of the Yukon". I can't get enough of it. I don't think I will ever tire of reading it again and again.
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I had a collection of his books and read them repeatedly, and learned the lesson of not lending your favourite books to anyone! So here again I have through Kindle, my timeless poet back again. He has such a flair for story telling in rhyme that it is a joy to read aloud, which I have done in public many times. His stories are harsh reality tempered with deep humour, flat out grey hued but also painted in vibrant colours, funny, sad, rough, and always believable. These times are history, and I am sure that nobody can write this genre to compare with Robert Service. I love him because he is one of a kind.
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Its pages of photos of the original book photographed in B&W.
Interesting view.. but it could have been done better.
I drove to Dawson City with my father not even knowing until we started the trip that is was the works of Robert Service that was pulling is north.. So I am always looking for a new way for him to experience these works that affected him from his youth.
This is different from just a book.. but it could have been done so much better.
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Robert W. Service is a critical figure in American poetry for two reasons. His historical content is essential for understanding the northwest expansion of both Canada and the United States, and it's so readable! To expand one's literary background and forte', I highly recommend sampling this book and other pieces of his poetry.
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If you have ever been to Alaska or just like the romance of the Alaskan gold rush and the trail of "98 you will like the poems of Robert Service. They vary form bawdy to eloquent and everywhere in between. This book covers the most well known and popular poems out of the gold rush era.
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Hubby and I spent the summer in Alaska this year. After seeing a play that contained a reading of "The cremation of Sam McGee" I downloaded this book. This year, some of the "strange things done in the midnight sun" included reading Robert W. Service.
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All this was is a poor photocopy of the original book. Wet Ink transfered from pages facing each other. I returned it. The return process was very easy. I ordered a hardbound book of these poems and was very satisfied. Charlene
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