I write about the Millennial generation’s passions.
If you visit my Wade’s People blog, you may note several references I’ve taken from Howard Pease’s writings. For instance, the mentor to some young professionals in Seattle’s start up community is Wade Jarvis, whose grandfather was a sea captain in the early half of the 20th century. Two of Wade’s young protégés are cousins, Sean and Carson Moran.
Howard Pease wrote about the passions of the Silent generation (1920s-1940s).
Although he did not write specifically for my generation, his novels came alive in any era. They came alive in my hands, and marked the way towards my short tour of sea duty.
His books were considered Young Adult when that meant the reader, as the hero, were both in their teens. The mark of his craftsmanship and authenticity is attested to by how many men would slip into the library’s juvenile section to pick up a copy, and re-read their favorite story. I count myself among them every time I glance over at my complete collection of Howard Pease’s works in hardback, paperback, and magazine serialization.
My blog is a testament to him, giving you stories never heard, his history never seen, and the back story of one of his pivotal moments in the field of writing for youth.
I’ve done deep research into his collection of papers located at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. I’ve listened to hours of his voice answering questions from Shirley May Jennings—a young researcher doing her doctoral thesis on A Study of the Genesis of the Twenty-two Published Children’s Novels, by Howard Pease.
I allude to my own stint aboard ship, and it is paired with my Navy service in San Francisco where I often passed the Pier where the Araby sat—if only in my imagination. Imagine my surprise that when browsing his letters I discovered that I had passed his apartment on Sutter street at least an hundred times while he lived there. We may have even gone to the same bar, The White Horse Tavern, two blocks away.
The graphic focus of this blog is with the illustrations that went with his serializations of his first books in American Boy Magazine in the 20s, 30s, and 40s. These illustrations were done by the preeminent graphic artist Anton Otto Fischer who did 100s of pieces for The Saturday Evening Post. Those illustrations that appear here are from hi-resolution, slightly retouched copies.
As faithful as those copies are, the half-tone process leaves out a lot of the fine work, to say nothing of the original color of the oil paintings they were taken from. I have seen one of his original paintings, owned by Kelley Jennings, to appreciate this, and I am coloring (à la GIMP) copies of these magazine half-tones to pull out the characters, making them distinct, and reveal the drama.
I look forward to your support and hearing about your own appreciation of Howard Pease’s work.