James Larkin Pearson

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Birthday
13, 1879
Birthplace
North Carolina
DEATH DATE
Aug 27, 1981 (101)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
13, 1879
Birthplace
North Carolina
DEATH DATE
Aug 27, 1981 (101)

About

American poet and publisher who held the title of North Carolina Poet Laureate from 1953 until his death at age 101. His rural-themed poetry collections include Fifty Acres, Early Harvest, and Plowed Ground.

Before Fame

He grew up in a log cabin on a North Carolina farm and wrote his first poem when he was four years old.

Trivia

He founded a newspaper called The Fool-Killer in 1910 and used the publication to voice his support for prohibition.

Family Life

He was married twice -- to Cora Wallace and Eleanor Fox -- and was widowed twice, having fathered a stillborn child and an adopted daughter.

Associated With

He, like A.R. Ammons, was a North Carolina-born poet.