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James Stevens

Born: 1892

Death: Dec 31, 1971

Birthplace: Albia

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

James Stevens

Date of Birth : 1892
Date of Death : Dec 31, 1971
Birth Place : Albia

James Stevens was an American author and composer. Born in Albia, Iowa, he lived in Idaho from a young age, and based much of his later novel Big Jim Turner on his childhood spent in Pacific Northwest logging camps. After fighting in World War I, he came back to work in the woods and sawmills of Oregon. Stevens "...characterized himself as 'a hobo laborer with wishful literary yearning,' and became self-educated at public libraries, which he called 'the poor man's universities.'" He later traveled through the West and Midwest, and lived in Detroit, Portland, and Seattle. He researched logging history and wrote about the logging industry and about conservation. In the 1940s, as the public relations director for the Western Lumberman's Association, he promoted the "Keep Washington Green" campaign against forest fires. Among his literary works were Paul Bunyan, Brawny Man, Mattock, Homer in the Sagebrush, The Saginaw Paul Bunyan, Paul Bunyan Bears, and Tree Treasure. He collaborated with H. L. Davis.


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