Edward Rowland Sill: His Life and Work

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IV

CALIFORNIA

THE five years that Sill now spent in California were true Wanderjahre, for though when the episode closed he was still uncertain of his vocation, the range of choice had narrowed to teaching, or the alternative, preaching. The years were filled with restless activity. For a time he worked in the post-office at Sacramento; some months he spent on a ranch; some months at studying law; for a time he looked about for a school to teach; perhaps the longest interval was given to "clerking" in a bank at Folsom. None of these occupations satisfied his mind or allayed his discontent. The strangeness of the place contributed to his restless feeling: at first he seems to have suffered from something like homesickness, and he evidently disliked California, or thought he did, very cordially. The mood passed and the time came when he could sing her praises as fervently as any native, though one may permit one's self the mental reservation that the praise may have been for the outward California and that the Puritan never became spiritually acclimated.

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  • Title Page ii
  • Preface vi
  • Contents viii
  • Illustrations x
  • Edward Rowland Sill - Ancestry and Youth 1
  • II - His Life at College 12
  • III - The Voyage 'Round the Horn 36
  • IV - California 51
  • V - Settling Down 86
  • VI - Teaching in California 131
  • VII - Man of Letters 190
  • VIII - The Craftsman 220
  • IX - Ave Atque Vale 295
  • Index 305
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