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Penelope: The Story of the Half-Scalped Woman--A Narrative Poem
by Penelope Scambly Schott (Goodreads Author)
"The poet’s journey into the past and another culture, fired by eponymous inspiration, leads to discoveries, a new appreciation of lost moments. To bridge three centuries and create a verbal portrait though a picture is lacking is quite an achievement. Naturally, this effort will be compared to John Berryman’s great poem about Anne Bradstreet, but to no harm."--David Ray
Hardcover, 72 pages
Published January 17th 1999 by University Press of Florida
(first published 1999)
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I recently met Penelope Scambly Schott at the Oregon State Poetry Association's fall conference and heard her read from this book. It is the story of Penelope Stout, a woman who was shipwrecked on the shore of what is now New Jersey in the 1640s. Schott's undergraduate work was in history, and she did an excellent job researching this historical figure and then writing a book of poetry from Stout's perspective, chronicling her experience. I vote for all history being taught this way. I feel I le ...more