Rod Library--Special Collections
Books by Friends and Students of James Schell Hearst
James Hearst occasionally received books, usually poetry, from friends and former students. Many of those books were signed and inscribed. The books that Mr. Hearst received are listed below and arranged alphabetically, by the author's last name. If a book was signed or inscribed, there is a transcription of the inscription, within quotation marks and transcribed line-by-line, beneath the book's bibliographic citation below.
Anderson, Karl E. Regret – Nothing: An Anthology of Poems. Hahne Printing Company. Des Moines, Iowa. 1977.
“Karl was one of my early students. On page 96 is a poem about our class. – James Hearst”
Benson, Steve. After the Parade. Triton Press. Boulder Creek, California. 1976.
“To James Hearst
a couple years ago I burdened you with a manuscript containing about a hundred “seedlings” that I thought were poems . .
thanks for your patience then.
Trying to write poems that sound like I’m the one talking seems to be a disease I can’t seem to shake off. That poetry course in your basement is partly to blame for this sleep-nabbing habit; so I thought I’d share my first book with you.
I’ve just read your latest book and enjoyed it very much.
Hope this finds you healthy—
One of your former students,
Booth, Phillip. The Islanders. The Vikings Press. New York. 1961.
“‘Wanting a poem, Jim’
The Hearsts from Nancy Thompson, 1961”
Borich, Michael. The Black Hawk Songs. University of Illinois Press. 1975.
“For Mr. & Mrs. Jim Hearst
Best wishes always
Cook, Geoffrey. Tolle Lege. Moonbird Publications. England. 1974.
“To James Hearst
With much appreciation.
From Acknowledgements/Special Thanks: “to James Hearst, the Iowa farmer – poet, for his help & encouraging words;”
Cook, Geoffrey. Love & Hate. Outrigger Publishers Limited. Hamilton. New Zealand. 1975.
“To Jim Hearst:
*This is a book of selected translations from the Carmina of Gaius Valerius Catullus*
Underneath Acknowledgments: “The translations are dedicated to James Hearst”
Daly, Ida. Adventures in a Wheelchair. Whitmore Publishing Company. Philadelphia. 1973.
“With great admiration for James Hearst who during the same period of years had the same problems as Ida—(now 80 years).
Hazel Flagler Begeman
Cedar Falls, IA 1904-1913
2616 College St. 1905 Meadowbrook
Austin, Texas 78703”
Hazel Flagler Begeman was the daughter-in-law of Professor Louis Begeman, the man for whom Begeman Hall, in the University of Northern Iowa campus was named.
Dangel, Leo. Keeping between the fences. Westerheim Press. Minneota, Minnesota. 1981.
Note enclosed expressing admiration for James Hearst and his work.
Dubois, Rochelle (Rochelle Holt). Serendipity–The Phoenix & The Lotus Myour Letters of C. H. to the artist Rochelle. Ragnarok Press. Birmingham. 1978.
May 12 ‘78”
Fish, Donald E. Roots and Branches of an American Family Named Fish. JiFi Print. Fort Dodge. Iowa. 1979.
“Thought you might like to see this ‘effort!’
George, Emery. black jesus. Kylix Press. Ann Arbor, Michigan. 1974.
“For James Hearst
in anticipation of a
with kindest regards,
George, Emery E. Mountainwild. Kylix Press. Ann Arbor, Michigan. 1974.
“For Mr. James Hearst
and best regards.
- Emery George.”
Haberer, Fredric M. Journal. 1972.
Underneath Mr. Haberber’s name on title page:
Brighton, Iowa 2540”
Haring, Cynthia. Songs for Solitude. Hibiscus Press. Moline. Illinois. 1979.
James Hearst is thanked in Acknowledgments on final page.
Also on final page:
“For Jim –
KUNI – Cedar Falls, IA.”
Harold, John W. Teachers for Our Times. Intercollegiate Press. Kansas City. Missouri. 1956.
I was afraid this wasn’t good enough script to give to the man I most admire due credit. Some day I am going to try to do just that
Harold, John W. The Eternal Childe. Carlton Press, Inc. New York. 1969.
No inscription, but page 31 has a poem titled “Family Affair”. Underneath the title it appears to read “(For Jim)”, possibly a reference to James Hearst.
Hey, Phil. Reorganizing the Stars. Celestial Light Press. 1979.
“For James Hearst,
who has so enriched my life
with your world,
these few corners of mine
Yours, with highest esteem
Holden, Raymond. Granite and Alabaster. The MacMillan Company. New York. 1922.
Inscription has been omitted. Partly because it is hard to discern some of the text, also because it is uncertain whether it was written to Hearst or to the person whose name has been crossed out on the inside of the front cover.
Holt, Rochelle. From 1 Bird. Ragnarok Press. 1978.
“Love to Jim and Meryl
Nov 22 ‘77
Jarrell, Randall. The Bat-Poet. The MacMillan Company. New York. 1966.
“With affection and apprectiation
who, unlike the bat-poet,
has no trouble getting
somebody to listen
who listened and learned.
Kherdian, David. On the Death of My Father and Other Poems. The Giligia Press. Fresno, California. 1969, 1970.
“To James Hearst
With admiration (and) regard.
NYC 23 Jan 76”
Kheridan, David. Looking Over the Hills. The Giligia Press. Lyme Center, New Hampshire. 1972.
“To James Hearst
NYC 23 Jan 76.”
Koppel, Ralph. The Song of Grass.
“To Mr. Hearst:
Kooser, Ted. A Local Habitation & A Name. Solo Press. San Luis Obispo, California. 1974.
Inscription on title page:
“For James Hearst—
Letter taped inside the front cover:
Dear James Hearst—
I’ve just been reading the Fall ’74 issue of North American Review, and it reminded me that I meant to write you long ago to thank you for writing a poetry that has been very meaningful to me.
I’ll enclose a copy of a book of mine. Perhaps you’ll like a poem or two in it.
I am originally from Ames, Iowa, though I have lived in Nebraska for the 10 years since I graduated from Iowa State (No, it’s 12 years, soon 13)— My mother’s parents farmed near Osterdock (which is in turn near Guttenburg) and I love northeastern Iowa for its beauty. My own Story County is also beautiful. But so flat and attentive as to request that a beauty be built upon it, a table for man to set up his toy windmills, those frail aspirations. Anyway, I love the landscape in Iowa, the one that lies there and the one you’ve written.
Best Wishes for 1975—
Kresensky, Raymond. Selected Poems. The Golden Quill Press. Francestown, New Hampshire. 1956.
Langland, Joseph. Winter Nights In the Land of The Midnight Sun.
“It was a pleasure to talk:
Langland, Joseph. A Dream of Love. The Blue Triangle Press. Amherst. Massachusetts. 1976.
Inside front cover. “For Jim Hearst:”
Marion, Jeff Daniel. Out in the Country, Back Home. The Jackpine Press. Winston-Salem, North Carolina. 1976.
“For James Hearst
for your fine work—
Jeff Daniel Marion
July 21, 1977”
Moffitt, John. Adam’s Choice. The Golden Quill Press. Francestown. New Hampshire. 1967.
With all good wishes
April 15, 1967”
Nash, James Hampton. We Walk In Rain. Coronado Press. Lawrence, Kansas. 1973.
“To Jim Hearst,
My mentor, critic and friend; ‘the best comes sometimes last.’
Nuhn, Ferner. William C. Nuhn: A Memo. 1979.
“For Jim and Merle [sic]
Peake, Patric. School.
“To Jim & Meryl,
With warmest regards
for two special people.
Pena, Hector. Poems De Tierra Y Flores. Frontera Press. Los Angeles. 1976.
Platt, Eugene. An Original Sin. Briarpatch Press. Chapel Hill, North Carolina. 1974.
“to Jim Hearst
with appreciation for
A Single Focus—
Rackstraw, Richard. Learning to Speak. The North American Review. University of Northern Iowa. 1977.
Skow, Marilyn. A Little Book of Poetry.
First page reads:
And all my other friends”
“With love & affection
For Meryl & Jim.
Skow, Marilyn. A Voyage Chronicle. September 1971.
Stokstad, Ruth. Poem. no place. no date.
"with love to my dear / friend, James Hearst"
Stryk, Lucien. The Pit and Other Poems. The Swallow Press. Chicago, Illinois. 1969.
“For Merye [sic] & Jim
with gratitude and earnest
Volk, Stephen. Exordium. Harvest Press. Cedar Falls, Iowa. 1980.
“Dear Professor Hearst,
It is a highly esteemed honor and a privilege to present this little volume to one of
America’s greatest poets. All my life I lived in Iowa but, having always lived in the city, did not acquire a love for rural life in the poetic fashion until I read your poems. In decades to come, it is my hope that the family farm will not be destroyed by the quiet tornado that is the modern, and particularly, foreign corporations. If the family farm is preserved, your poetry will most certainly enhance such dwellings; if not, you will have richly preserved what progress has destroyed. It is this rare quality in your poems, to please both the goldsmiths and the crabs (?), which has insured an idyllic immortality for themselves. Could it be peculiar to our era (?) how everything great today is peculiarly and sadly under-rated?
Wilson, Jr., Robley. Returning to the Body. 1977.
Wolff, K. M. In the Year of the Squirrel. 1972.
“To Meryl and Jim Hearst,
With much love,
Feb. 21, 1974.”
Woodcock, Beatrice. Scoliosis. Stanford University Press. 1946.
“Jim and Carmie (?)
Just to send good wishes brings nostalgia for the smell of clover and Iowa meadows in June.
(commonly[?] called Woody)
List compiled by Benjamin Jorgensen, a student in Professor Jeremy Schraffenberger's Hearst Seminar, February 2010; last updated April 6, 2010.