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by John Hay

A collection of ballads and poems by John Milton Hay, which represents in the best manner, the spirit of a strong and independent sister-land across the Atlantic. John Milton Hay (1838-1905) was an American statesman, diplomat, author, journalist, and private secretary and assistant to Abraham Lincoln. Hay was born in Salem, Indiana, of Scottish ancestry, raised in Warsaw, Illinois, and educated at Brown University (1858), where he joined Theta Delta Chi. In 1861 he was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Illinois. He began his public career as a secretary to Abraham Lincoln at age 22, while technically a clerk in the Interior Department. Hay was present when President Lincoln died after being shot at Ford's Theatre. Hay and John G. Nicolay wrote a formal 10-volume biography of Lincoln and prepared an edition of his collected works. He was the author of Castilian Days (1871), Pike County Ballads and Other Poems (1871), The Bread-Winners (1884), Abraham Lincoln: A History (1890), and Poems (1897).
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ISBN: 140654406X
ISBN13: 978-1406544060
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Poetry
Author: John Hay
Language: English
Publisher: Dodo Press (July 6, 2007)
Pages: 140 pages
ePUB size: 1102 kb
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Rating: 4.2
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John Hay's life from 1838 to 1905 was rich and fascinating: a story of a charming man who made the most of the opportunities his charm opened for him. From a young secretary to President Lincoln; to an effective journalist; to a marriage marked by both love and wealth, to a woman who brought him the domestic tranquility he wanted, in spite of his roving eye, in addition to a trove of wealth; to a successful career as a diplomat ending as Secretary of State under Presidents McKinley and Roosevelt - his was a life of striving and of service, of seeming aplomb but not without contradictions and stress. He most longed to be a man of letters, a writer, and his best writing is found his letters and diary entries, and perhaps in his monumental biography, written with fellow Lincoln secretary John George Nicolay. His attempts at fiction, alas, although important to his literary interest and ambition, do not stand up well under the judgment of time. Despite his keen mind and powers of observation, his imagination is at best largely undeveloped and at worst hopelessly sentimental and forgettable. Pike County Ballads and Other Poems will appeal, I suspect, only to those interested, as I was, in Hay's interesting life, and to those interested in 19th century literature in general. Hay was a master linguist, fluent in several languages, and when the Pike County Ballads were published the work was popular due to Hay's display of the local dialect of early towns along the Mississippi River. He continued to write poems throughout his life, but only a few resonate today as having lasting meaning or insight. Hay was essentially a man of charm and intellect, who was in all the right places and knew all the right people to be fully engaged in the time he lived. He enjoyed expressing himself in writing, and his enjoyment shines through in all his writing. He was also a restless man, and had he ever really settled down to intensely pursue poetry and fiction, his achievement in those realms might have been more enduring.
A rich background on a fantastic American too often overlooked.