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The author of the book: John C. Keats
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Edition: Syracuse University Press
Date of issue: May 1st 1987
ISBN 13: 9780815602118
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Twenty years ago, when John Keats went to visit the St. Lawerence, he had no idea he would return as the owner of an island he could seldom use and not afford to buy. Nevertheless, when his brother-in-law offered to sell him two acres of rock set in the middle of the Thousand Islands, he felt somehow right in accepting. So he left his job and the island became his home -- and this is the story of his life there through the seasons.
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Read information about the authorOften confused with English poet John Keats, John C. Keats was a newspaperman and social critic whose often biting commentary skewered American trends of the 1950s and 1960. The "second" Keats claimed to be a descendant of the poet, and one of his author photos showed him standing before the Keats-Shelley House in Rome, Italy.
After serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the Pacific Theater during WWII, Keats worked as a reporter for the Washington Daily News and later went on to become a freelance writer. His articles appeared in over 44 publications in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain and West Germany. In America, he contributed to Field & Stream, True, Outdoor Life, The Saturday Evening Post, Life, Esquire, Playboy, The National Geographic, Look and Vanity Fair.
He was the author of 13 books, some New York Times Best Sellers, with translated copies appearing in nine languages. Although perhaps best known for satirical social criticism leveled against post-war housing, automobiles and schools (The Crack in the Picture Window, Houghton, 1956; The Insolent Chariots, Lippincott, 1958; Schools Without Scholars, Houghton, 1958; The Sheepskin Psychosis, Lippincott, 1965;) he also wrote biographies (Howard Hughes; The Biography of a Texas Billionaire, Random House, 1966; and You Might As Well Live; The Life and Times of Dorothy Parker, Simon & Schuster 1970) as well as history (They Fought Alone, Lippincott, 1963; and Eminent Domain, Charterhouse,1973 )and two semi-autobiographical works (The New Romans, Lippincott, 1967; and Of Time and an Island, Charterhouse, 1974.) His love of travel and of the old wooden boats that passed his riverfront home prompted two additional works (See Europe Next Time You Go There, Little, Brown, 1968 and The Skiff and The River, Herrick Collection, 1988).
During his career Keats received the Washington Guild Front Page Award for best human interest story, June 2, 1949, in the Washington Daily News; The Literary Achievement Award from the Georgia Writers Association for non fiction in 1958 for his book, Schools Without Scholars; The Sydney Hillman Foundation Award for the 1962 television documentary, "Conformity" appearing on WCAU-TV in Philadelphia; a Colonial Dames of America Citation in 1977 for his book, "Whatever Happened to Mom's Apple Pie?" (Houghton, 1976) and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 1961 to pursue his writing and research work for "They Fought Alone."
From 1974 until retiring in 1990, Keats taught magazine writing at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, in upper New York State. Proud of his ability at having earned a living as a writer, during lectures Keats was fond of echoing the famous lexicographer Samuel Johnson's dictum that "Only a blockhead writes for anything but money." He urged his students to aspire to obtain assignments from high profile, reputable publications and "not those that are commonly used to wrap fish."
Upon retirement, Mr. Keats resided part time in Italy; Savannah, Georgia; Washington, D.C., and Kingston, Ontario. He always maintained his summer home on the St. Lawrence River between Alexandria Bay, New York and Rockport, Ontario.
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