Literary Travel Guide Foreward

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The Guide is Copyright © 2012 by Wisconsin Library Association, 4610 South Biltmore Lane, Suite 100, Madison, WI 53718

Wisconsin Library Association researchers and writers for the orginal guide, published in 1989:

Linda A. Balsiger
University of Wisconsin-Madison College Library

Carol J. Liddle
Janesville Public Library

Nancy McClements
University of Wisconsin-Madison Memorial Library

Faith B. Miracle
Wisconsin Library Association , Madison

Gerald Peters
Milwaukee Public Library

Jana Reeg Steidinger
University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie

FOREWORD (from the original)

It is just possible that Wisconsin is, above all else, a place of diversity. From the banks of the Mississippi, to small inland lakes, to the shores of our great inland seas; from the hills and hollows of the unglaciated southwest, to the kettles and eskers of the glaciated east, to the sands and marshes ofthe central region, to the forests ofthe north, Wisconsin is a feast in every season, always with a varied menu.

So it is culturally, as well: German, Swiss, Polish, Finnish, Catholic, Amish, Lutheran, Jewish, free thinkers, conservatives, and progressives. And usually, they are more than willing to share experiences, thoughts, and opinions. It is a wonderfully varied menu.

From our Native American ancestors celebrating their experiences, to novelist Glenway Wescott growing up near Kewaskum, to master poet Lorine Niedecker living deeply along the Rock River near Fort Atkinson, we have told our stories.

The Wisconsin Literary Travel Guide highlights some of Wisconsin 's literary connections and contributions. Although it includes some architectural references and some references to settings for literary works, it primarily tells us about Wisconsin writers. It tells us a bit about who they were, what they wrote, and where they lived. Where appropriate, exact addresses are given; in other instances we are guided to neighborhoods and landscapes which can provide the sense of place which influenced the writer.

Just a word about how this booklet was developed. Two ongoing projects ofthe Wisconsin Library Association give attention to Wisconsin literature. One is the Wisconsin Notable Authors list, which includes authors past andpresent. The other is the Banta Award, given annually in conjunction with the Banta Corporation, to the most significant work by a Wisconsin author published during the previous year. For the most part, authors cited in this booklet have been identified through these two projects.

So add the wonderful variety of Wisconsin authors and their works to the places you plan to visit. With the Wisconsin Literary Travel Guide in hand, you are all set to go, whether by armchair orby automobile. Have a good trip!

Dennis Ribbens
Lawrence University, Appleton


The Wisconsin Library Association is grateful to the following sources:

  • Houghton Mifflin Company for permission to use the John Muir sketch which appears on the front cover
  • Marion Utpatel for permission to use the Frank Utpatel wood engraving which appears on the back cover
  • The Black River Falls Public Library for the photo of Mountain Wolf Woman
  • Cid Corman, literary executor for Lorine Niedecker's estate, for permission to quote lines of her poetry which appear in The Granite Pail, c. 1985, edited by Corman
  • Walden Derleth and April Jacobs for the photo of their father, August Derleth, and for permission to quote lines of his poetry
  • The Edgerton Reporter for the photo of Sterling North and Rascal
  • Gwen Ellis for the photo of Mel Ellis
  • Ava Fernekes and Barbara (Fernekes) Hughes for the etching by Max Fernekes
  • The Milwaukee County Historical Society for the photo of Carl Sandburg
  • The Milwaukee Public Library for photos of the Jeremiah Curtin House, Increase Lapham, and Thornton Wilder
  • The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Wisconsin for the photo of Juliette Magill McKinzie, taken from the frontispiece of Wau-Bun
  • NorthWard Press for the cover of The Land Remembers by Ben Logan
  • Gail Raub for the photo of Lorine Niedecker
  • Helga Sandburg for the photo of her mother, Lilian Steichen Sandburg
  • State Historical Society of Wisconsin for the photo of Zona Gale
  • The West Salem Historical Society for the photos of Hamlin Garland and his study
  • The Laura Ingalls Wilder Home Association, Mansfield, MO 65604, where the Little House books were written, for the photo of the Ingalls sisters.

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