Julia A. Moore


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better known as “The Sweet Singer of Michigan,” upon publication of her first book, The Sweet Singer of Michigan Salutes the Public (1876), attracted wide attention because her writing was so bad that it seemed to possess almost a touch of genius. Her poems ranged from elegies on deaths caused by yellow fever and choking on roast beef to occasional verse on the Grand Rapids Cricket Club. Her unconsciously childish grammar, and rhymes that went from verse to worse, delighted Clemens, who declared that she had “the touch that makes an intentionally humorous episode pathetic and an intentionally pathetic one funny.” Her first book, later retitled The Sentimental Song Book, was followed by A Few Words to the Public with New and Original Poems by Julia A. Moore (1878). She seems to have thought long before publishing her third book, Sunshine and Shadow (1915), a romance of the Revolution.

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