Vanished in the Unknown Shade

Poet Sidney Lanier's Montgomery Years

Helen F. Blackshear

Foreword by Dot Moore

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Pages: 72

Trim size: 5.500in x 8.500in

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Paperback

Pub Date: 09/01/2016

ISBN: 9-781-6030-6261-9

List Price: $9.95

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Vanished in the Unknown Shade

Poet Sidney Lanier's Montgomery Years

Helen F. Blackshear

Foreword by Dot Moore

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Though little known today, Sidney Lanier (1842-81) was considered by some critics the leading writer of the post-Civil War New South, the greatest Southern writer after Edgar Allan Poe, and "a man of heroic and exquisite character." Lanier was a Georgian, but he spent two years after the war in Montgomery, Alabama, trying to restore his health after contracting tuberculosis while a prisoner of war. He also was principal of a school in nearby Prattville. In the 1930s, an elegant public high school was built in Montgomery and named in Lanier's honor. Author Helen Blackshear taught literature to Montgomery high school students for three decades, and her brief account of Lanier's life, especially his Montgomery period, was motivated partly from the knowledge that few today remember Lanier or his work.
Helen Blackshear's poetry combined a sense of grace and sensitivity with her wry and occasionally raucous sense of humor. His poems captured much that is beautiful and enduring, but most of all deeply human, about life in Alabama.

—Barry Marks, president, Alabama Writers Conclave

About the Author/Editor

HELEN F. BLACKSHEAR served from 1995 to 1999 as Alabama's eighth poet laureate. A native and present resident of Tuscaloosa, she lived in Montgomery from 1934 to 2003. She has three daughters, eight grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren. A graduate of Agnes Scott College, she also has an M.A. from the University of Alabama. She is the author of Mother Was a Rebel, Southern Smorgasbord, Creek Captives, Alabama Album, Silver Songs and From Peddler to Philanthropist: The Friedman Story. She also edited These I Would Keep, an anthology of poems by Alabama's first through ninth poet laureates. She has served as treasurer and vice-president of the Alabama Poetry Society and as president of the Alabama Writers' Conclave. She was Poet of the Year in 1986 and received the Distinguished Service Award from the Conclave in 1987.