The Best of Robert Service

The Best of Robert Service

Book - 2001
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From the Cremation of Sam McGee to The Ordinary Man - you'll find all your Service favourites!

Synonymous with adventure and the rugged beauty of the Canadian North, Robert Service remains one of Canada's best known and most loved poets.

As the poet of the Yukon Gold Rush and the Trail of '98, Service became a legend in his own right and millions of readers around the world have identified him with the dauntless eccentrics who panned for gold under the midnight sun.

The Best of Robert Service includes his most famous ballads of the Klondike, including such favourites as:
* The Cremation of Sam McGee
* The Spell of the Yukon, and
* The Shooting of Dan McGrew

But it also includes verse inspired by Service's later experiences in France as a stretcher-bearer during World War I. Remaining in France after the war, he composed the unforgettable portrayals of the artists and models of the merry and tragic life of bohemian Paris. And not to be overlooked are his poems of wry reflection on the human condition that were so typical of Service as he revealed his own homespun philosophies on women, success and failure, and life and death.

Robert Service was born in England in 1874, but acquired his wit and taste for adventure during his boyhood years in the Highlands of Scotland. At 22, he left Scotland for Canada and roamed the north for the next 16 years. He left the Yukon in 1912, little dreaming he would never return. After WWI, he married and settled in France. Over the course of his 84 years, he published 19 books of verse, the final one appearing just the year before his death in 1958.

Publisher: Toronto : McGraw-Hill Ryerson, [2001], c1953
ISBN: 9780070898073
Branch Call Number: 819.1/SER
Alternative Title: The absinthe drinkers
Ant hill
Athabaska Dick
The ballad of Blasphemous Bill
The ballad of Casey's billy-goat
The ballad of One-Eyed Mike
The ballad of the black fox skin
The battle of the bulge
Bill the Bomber
The Bohemian
Brother Jim
The bruiser
The butcher
Clancy of the mounted police
Compensation Pete
The cremation of Sam McGee
Dark pine
Dauntless quest
Dyspeptic clerk
L'escargot D'or
God's skallywags
Going home
The harpy
The hat
Heart o' the North
I believe
It is later than you think
The joy of being poor
Just think
The land of beyond
The law of the Yukon
The little old lag cabin
The logger
The lost master
Making good
The march of the dead
Men of the high North
The men that don't fit in
The mountain and the lake
My friends
My future
My highland home
My job
My madonna
My masterpiece
My piney wood
Nature man
Normandy peasant
An olive fire
The ordinary man
The outlaw
The prospector
Pullman porter
The quest
The quitter
The reckoning
Riviera honeymoon
The rover
Sentimental shark
The shooting of Dan McGrew
A song of success
The song of the mouth-organ
The song of the wage-slave
The spell of the Yukon
The squaw man
Stamp collector
Take it easy
Tea on the lawn
The three voices
The tramps
The twins
The under-dogs
Victory stuff
The wanderlust
The wedding ring
While the bannock bakes
The woman and the angel
The wonderer
Your poem


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