Sam Ragan

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Birthday
31, 1915
Birthplace
North Carolina
Death Date
May 11, 1996 (80)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
31, 1915
Birthplace
North Carolina
Death Date
May 11, 1996 (80)

About

Poet and author whose best-known works include Listening to the Wind (1995) and Poetry under the Stars (1979). He was named the North Carolina Poet Laureate for life in 1982.

Before Fame

He attended Barton College in North Carolina and subsequently worked for a brief time as a reporter for the San Antonio Evening News. Later, he worked in the editorial department of The Raleigh News & Observer in his native North Carolina.

Trivia

Composer Elena Ruehr based a 2005 musical work, "Exodus," on four of Ragan's poems.

Family Life

He was born in Berea, North Carolina to William Ragan and Emma Long Ragan. He wed Marjorie Usher in 1939.

Associated With

He admired the work of the renowned Czech existentialist author, Franz Kafka.