IN the pleasant surroundings just described, having "established a writing-table with the birds contiguous," and a "favorite pacingground, a wide path from the round rose-bed to the elm tree, running between lines of stately cannas," he continued at his writing. He might poke fun at it as he did,--"I am supposed to be entered upon a mad career of literary work. Have so far only written some very mild verses," etc.,--but in his heart he knew it to be as serious a matter as anything had ever been to him. In some respects the conditions at Cuyahoga Falls were all that could be desired, but those that were lacking were terribly significant. First and foremost was the lack of atmosphere and companionship. He had "no man like-minded with him." There was not a fellowcraftsman within five hundred miles who shared his ambitions and with whom he could talk over his plans; moreover, he was far removed from the main currents of literary activity--such as it was in this country. That he should have been able under these conditions to produce as much both in poetry and prose as he did and
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Publication information: Book title: Edward Rowland Sill:His Life and Work. Contributors: William Belmont Parker - Author. Publisher: Houghton Mifflin. Place of publication: Boston. Publication year: 1915. Page number: 220.
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