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The Wide Brim: Early Poems and Ponderings of Marjory Stoneman Douglas (Florida History and Culture) Hardcover – April 15, 2002


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  • Series: Florida History and Culture
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida; 1st edition (April 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813024587
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813024585
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,984,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This collection is a treasure... the poetry a delightful surprise. Everyone who cares about Florida will be inspired by the early musings of this legendary crusader." - Carl Hiaasen

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Often described as the savior of the Everglades, Marjory Stoneman Douglas is best known for having been Florida's most passionate environmentalist, but she was first, foremost, and always a writer. As the author of fiction and nonfiction books, most notably The Everglades: River of Grass, and scores of short stories, Douglas devoted over ninety years to her career as a writer. Her fascinating and little-known work as a journalist began as a columnist for the Miami Herald.

The Wide Brim presents a collection of her best articles--many of which were preceded by a poem of her own composition--from her daily column "The Galley," which ran from 1920 until 1923. The selections reflect Douglas's many voices, which made her a distinctive commentator of the time: nature lover, South Florida booster, political analyst, woman, social progressive, intellectual, and philosopher and observer of human nature. With the same passion and eloquence that she became famous for in later years, Douglas maneuvered gracefully from one topic to the next. From straightforward commentary to witty prose, from harsh criticism to infectious humor, from biting sarcasm to whimsical verse, from glimpses into nature to those into human nature, the rich and vibrant voice of Marjory Stoneman Douglas in her 30s is now readily accessible.

Because Douglas's columns engage matters of the day, the pieces collected in this volume provide insight not only into her maturation as a writer and civic-minded citizen of South Florida but also into the intellectual, cultural, and political world of Miami in the early stages of its development. For today's reader, her columns combine literature and history at their most informative and entertaining.


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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Parnassus on Wheels on July 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Before she wrote THE EVERGLADES: RIVER OF GRASS, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas worked the daily grind at the Miami Herald and also "slaved in the vineyards" of the Saturday Evening Post. This gorgeous volume is the first time some of her incidental writings have seen print. It is worth the price for that alone, although one wishes for a greater understanding of what had taken place in her life before she got to Florida in the first place. Until we see the autobiography of Douglas that Jack Davis, the editor of this volume, has been working on for some years, these often light and deceivingly carefree tidbits are out of focus. But it's awfully good to get a glimpse of Florida's most famous curmudgeon before she became an icon.
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