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The Final Stepping Stone
writers /those who best describe florida.
1865 — Jules Verne “From Earth to Moon”
1985 — Carl Sagan “Contact”
A Cosmic Message In A Bottle.
A Millenneum Of Exploration & Discovery
1514 — Peter Martyr
Peter Martyr writes in 1514 of a land near the Bahamas with water of eternal youth.
1564 — Jacques LeMoyne
St. Johns River
1773 — William Bartram
St. Johns River
Seminole (celebratory feast)
Alachua Tribe Chief Ahaya The Cowkeeper
1831 — John James Audubon
St. Johns River
Sandy Key / Rookery
Nesting Tropical Birds
1955 — A.E.Backus
Harold Newton (19) was convinced by A. E. Backus, a prominent Florida landscape artist, to create paintings of landscapes rather than religious scenes.
Newton sold his landscapes from the trunk of his car because art galleries in South Florida refused to represent African Americans.
The following year, Alfred Hair (14) began taking formal art lessons from Backus and, after three years, also began selling landscape paintings. Newton and Hair inspired a loose-knit group of African American artists to follow their leads. Newton is recognized by fellow artists for his technical inspiration while Hair is the considered the leader and catalyst “who set the tone for the group through the 1960s.” They attracted a group of a “young, energetic” artists who painted large quantities of brilliantly colorful impressionistic landscapes that they each sold from their cars. In 1970, the group lost its charismatic leader when Hair was killed in a barroom brawl at age 29 and the prodigious output of the movement’s artists began to wane. By the 1980s, a shift in public tastes and the growth of corporate entities like Disney World further reduced the demand for the movement’s art.
1995 — Jeff Cardenas
“Marquesa: A Time & Place With Fish” (1995)
[Guy Harvey/ Wyland]
“Uncle Tom’s Cabin”
• Harriett Beecher Stowe — (1851) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harriet_Beecher_Stowe
• James Weldon Johnson — (1917) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Weldon_Johnson
“Cross Creek” (1928) —
Orange Grove between Orange Lake and Lochloosa (MOFRO)
“The Yearling” (1938)
• Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marjorie_Kinnan_Rawlings
“Their Eyes Were Watching God”
• Zora Neale Hurston — (1937) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zora_Neale_Hurston
“Everglades: River Of Grass”
• Marjory Stoneman Douglas — (1947) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marjory_Stoneman_Douglas
[Ernest Hemmingway/ Tennessee Williams]
• John McVee — (1967) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_McPhee
• Frank G. Slaughter — (1970) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_G._Slaughter
“Tourist Season” (1986)
“Double Whammy” (1987)
• Carl Hiaasen — “HOOT” (2006) is a film based on Carl Hiaasen’s book for young readers is the story of a group of children in the Florida Keys trying to save a burrowing owl habitat from destruction. Its habitat is located on the intended construction site of a pancake house. The developer of the project intends to proceed regardless of the environmental damage it would cause. Hoot features live burrowing owls and music by co-producer Jimmy Buffett. Buffett also plays the role of Mr. Ryan, the science teacher.
“Tales From Margaritaville” (1989)
• Jimmy Buffett — https://www.amazon.com/Tales-Margaritaville-Fictional-Factual-Fictions/dp/0156026988
Living & Dying in 3/4 Time (1974)
“Palm Beach Babylon”
Murray Weiss — (1992)
“Life On Mars”
Alexander Stuart — (1996)
John D. McDonald (Travis McGee)
Randy Wayne White
Harriett Beecher Stowe — “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”
Orange/ Tangerine grove/ St. Johns River/ Palatka
James Weldon Johnson (1871–1938), perhaps best known for his 1912 novel Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man. He was also the first black to be admitted to the Florida bar (1897) and was a founder and secretary of the NAACP.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas (b.Minnesota, 1890–1998), who came to Miami in 1915, was the author of several works reflecting her concern for the environment, including The Everglades: River of Grass (first published in 1947), Hurricane (1958), and Florida: The Long Frontier (1967).
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (b.Washington, D.C., 1895–1953) came to Florida in 1928 to do creative writing. After her first novel, South Moon Under (1933), came the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Yearling (1938), the poignant story of a 12-year-old boy on the Florida frontier in the 1870s.
Zora Neale Hurston (1901–60), born in poverty in the all-Negro town of Eatonville and a graduate of Barnard College, spent four years collecting folklore, which she published in Mules and Men (1935) and Tell My Horse (1938).
Michael Connelly (Los Angeles)