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On September 30, 1955 a young actor died in a car crash at the age of twenty-four, turning him into an icon for many generations to come. James Dean was that actor. He only starred in three films, East of Eden, Giant, and, of course, Rebel Without a Cause. He was the first actor to receive posthumous Oscar nominations. Three years after Dean’s death, Ralph Pomeroy’s “On the Death of James Dean” was published in the Prairie Schooner’s 1958 fall issue. That fall, the temperature near the end of September was marked with a high of 90°F. While October was the warmest month with an average temperature of 71°F, making for a relatively pleasant autumn.–Danielle Pringle
On the Death of James Dean
Today, Louise Erdrich, one of our much loved past contributors, will be recognized as the recipient of the 2014 PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction. The biannual award of $25,000 marks lifetime achievement in American fiction. Erdrich is the first woman to win the award, joining the male-dominated ranks of Philip Roth, Cormac McCarthy, Don DeLillo, and E.L. Doctorow.
This week, we’re shining the spotlight on contributor Jennifer Perrine, who has been very active lately on the Prairie Schooner scene. She recently won the 2014 Prairie Schooner Book Prize for Poetry for her manuscript No Confession, No Mass. She has appeared in two episodes of Air Schooner. In episode 24, she featured as part of Air Schooner’s reading series, in which leading poets and writers read from their work. Perrine read several of her poems, including “In the Human Zoo” and “When Life Gives You Lemons Make.” Listen to episode 24 here.
The Ukraine Crisis, as it has been termed, has been all over the news for a while now and, despite the controversy with Russia, it is important to remember that great works can come from anywhere. Marina Tsvetaeva was considered one of the great poets from the Silver Age in early twentieth-century Russia. Her poetry didn’t reach international acclaim until after her death in 1941. Some of her poetry, originally written in 1916, resurfaced in the fall 1996 issue of the Prairie Schooner after having been translated by another Russian poet, Nina Kossman. That September in Lincoln was relatively warm with an average temperature ranging from the low 60s to high 50s before steadily declining in October and November. -Danielle Pringle