I. George Sterling, his life and poetry
II. Poetry in America, 1915-1925
III. Ambrose Bierce-frequent references
IV. Prohibition-frequent mention in Mencken's letters
V. European description and travel-Scheffauer's early letters
George Sterling (1869-1926), California lyric poet, was born in Sag Harbor, New York. After leaving school he came to California
and in 1892 first met Ambrose Bierce, who was to become a major influence in his life. In 1908 Sterling and his wife (Caroline
Rand) moved from Oakland to Carmel. Then, after several years in New York, Sterling lived at the Bohemian Club in San Francisco.
Thus, most of the years he was writing poetry were spent in the San Francisco-Carmel region. He published ten volumes of verse,
five separately published poems, four dramatic poems, and much uncollected magazine prose and verse. Carey MeWilliams writes
of Sterling: The remarkable range and the intimate quality of his acquaintance, coupled with his long residence in the West,
gave a cultural significance to his career quite apart from his writing.
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