MY CONNEMARA by Paula Steichen


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Connemara was not a ""farm (but) a small village,"" the 245 acres which Carl Sandburg bought in rural North Carolina to retreat from fame and accommodate his 12,000 books. This unassuming memoir of her childhood there (Paula is the daughter of Helga Sandburg) tells of the fiefdom--the goats, horses (and her first one Storm), crops (strawberries and others)--all seen through the sweet smoke of nostalgia and cigars--Mr. Sandburg's whom she called Buppong. He did indeed seem able to ""transform the ordinary into the delightful"" while her mother Helga, with her rambling interests, let the children go their own way just as freely. Kinderscenen, which the photographs will further enhance (perhaps some by her great-uncle, the photographer Steichen?)--agreeable on their own and slightly more important as peripheral addenda on her famous grandfather.

Pub Date: May 21st, 1969
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace & World