DEATH LOSES A PAIR OF WINGS: A Historical Novel in Cadence by Robin Lampson
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DEATH LOSES A PAIR OF WINGS: A Historical Novel in Cadence

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Another narrative poem by the author of Laughter Out Of The Ground, with a story that has vigor and passages of great beauty in the writing. This is the life of William Gorgas, twice disappointed in attempting to enter West Point, who finally took up medicine so that he could join the Army as a doctor. Early years, medical training, his inability to help in the Memphis epidemic of yellow fever, and finally Cuba, where he returned with the army of occupation after the Spanish American War to wage the great battle against yellow jack, successfully, when mosquitoes had been proven to be the carriers of the plague. It is, perhaps, a familiar story to many -- but an exciting one, though Gorgas, at times, seems pretty winsome. Nevertheless, it has a much better chance of reaching the mark set by Benet with John Brown's Body than the works of the other prose-poets such as La Farge.

Publisher: Scribner