Miller, Joaquin. “In a Klondike Cabin.” In Great Tales of the Gold Rush. Edited by Ted Stone, Red Deer, Alberta: Red Deer Press, 1999. 207pp. [WC] [MCK]
Guilford-Kardell, Margaret. “Unsnarling Joaquin Miller’s History.” The Covered Wagon (1999): 69-73. Shasta Historical Society, 1449 Market St. Redding, CA 96001. [A detailed explanation of the horse-stealing incident.] [MGK]
Loving, Jerome. Walt Whitman: The Song of Himself. Berkeley: University of
California Press, 1999. 360, 378, 383. [MGK] [Brief notes. The first is about Whitman’s reaction to the Nation Review of Songs of the Sun-lands in which the Reviewer insulted Whitman to praise Miller. In the second note Loving discusses Miller visiting Whitman at Anne Gilchrist’s house & Miller’s poem to Whitman published in the Galaxy in January 1877. The third note is just a mention that Whitman met John H. Johnston (a Manhattan jeweler) through Miller.] [MCK]
Van Allen, Elizabeth J. James Whitcomb Riley. A Life. Bloomington & Indianapolis:
Indiana University Press, 1999. 352 pp. 244. [MULT] [PSU] [WC] [MCK]
Noted that Riley visited Miller at the Hights, along with a reprint of Miller’s quote, “The hell of life is it has but few Jim Rileys.” Sources cited include: JWR to [Smith], 17 December 1892, Riley Mss., In U-Li; “Mr. Riley Home Again.” Indianapolis Journal (20 January 1892); Miller to JWR, 20 January 1893. “Biographical Notes.” In American Poetry, the Nineteenth Century 2 p. 905-906.
Nolte, Carl. “California Rides the Wave: Booming Growth, Quakes, Fires and Floods -
And The Rise of Cybernirvana. There was Rarely a Dull Moment in the Golden State in the ‘80s and ‘90s.” San Francisco Chronicle (30 May 1999) [Contains brief quote from Miller on Mount Shasta. [MCK]
Southworth, John. “The Many Passions of Joaquin Miller.” Dogtown Territorial Quarterly 37 (Spring 1999) 21-25. Reprinted from 1997. [Good general overview of Miller’s life, and Arbor Day involvement, but [sic] “birth 1837”, and “age 20 when he left home”] [MGK] [MCK]
Guilford-Kardell, Margaret. Joaquin Miller Newsletter I.7 (June 1999) [MGK]
Frances, Don. “Joaquin Miller Poet 1837-1913: Joaquin Miller promoted the image of the Wild West. East Bay Faces of the 20th Century.” The Argus, The Review, The Tribune, The Herald, The Times-Star (12 August 1999): 4-News. [Good retrospective piece. Photo from the files.] [MGK] [MCK]
Rauschart, Lisa. “Reveries for Solitary Walkers and Bikers; Trails of ‘Bicycle Beltway’
Rich in Regional Lore.” The Washington Times (19 August 1999) [MCK]
“North of Pierce Hill is the Miller cabin, relocated here from the site of
Meridian Hill Park after the park was developed in 1920 . . . . This was the home of Joaquin Miller, a sensation in turn-of-the-century Europe, where he was dubbed ‘the poet of the Sierras.’ There, he is said to have dazzled women with his magnetic personality and the gold nuggets he used to button his clothing.
A flamboyant character who turned his sojourn in the West into a lifelong
occupation, Miller (born in 1841 as Cincinnatus Heiner Miller) came to Washington after suffering financial misfortune. He built his cabin at 16th and Crescent streets NW in 1885 and lived there for nearly a year. At the time, he reportedly pronounced, ‘The President’s House is at one end of 16th Street . . . and mine is at the other, but while I own a cabin, the President has only his cabin-et.’” [MCK]
Guilford-Kardell, Margaret. “The Gold Rush as Written by Bret Harte and Joaquin Miller.” A paper read at the Western Literature Association Conference (13-16 October 1999) Sacramento, California.” [MGK]
Freeman, Mark. “Story of the Century; An Ashland lawyer and a California poet teamed up in 1909 to keep Oregon Caves public, protected.” The Mail Tribune (31 December 1999) [“By 1907, a disgusted …Ashland attorney who later became chief justice of Oregon Supreme Court, also sat on the new Oregon Conservation Commission formed by President Teddy Roosevelt to push for environmental protections.
Watson called on Joaquin Miller, the so-called “Poet of the Sierras” and a well known conservationist for help. After the pair visited the caves, Miller wrote a 1909 article for Sunset Magazine extolling the caves’ beauty. “People couldn’t stand him in real life”, Freeman says of Miller. “He annoyed people. But he had a reputation…” On July 12, 1909 President William Taft signed the proclamation creating the Oregon caves National Monument.] [MGK]
Gazis-Sax, Joel. Joaquin Miller: California’s Laureate Poetaster. [poetaster (po´ît-às´ter) noun. A writer of insignificant, meretricious, or shoddy poetry.] [MGK]
Light: A Narrative Poem. Boston: Herbert B. Turner & Co. [First published in 1907] [MGK] http://www.hti.umich.edu/english/amverse/texts/images/MilleLight-tp.gif