Friday, January 25, 2013

John Gould (1908-2003)

Here's a book jacket biography of another Maine author, John Thomas Gould, who wrote more than two dozen books and for sixty years a column for The Christian Science Monitor. Born on October 22, 1908, in Brighton, Massachusetts, Gould called Maine home. He edited and published the Lisbon Enterprise, a weekly newspaper in Lisbon Falls, Maine. That's where he met and mentored a young Stephen King. Gould, who seems to me to have been an irreplaceable man, died on September 1, 2003, at the age of ninety-four.

The book by the way is (take a deep breath) The Jonesport Raffle and numerous other Maine veracities researched and methodically arranged by that pleasant humorist-philosopher with a considerable local reputation, as well as a profound sense of scholastic nicety, published by Little, Brown and Company in 1969, and with a jacket design and illustrations by Edward Malsberg.

Original text copyright 2013 Terence E. Hanley

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