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By Kim Stafford

Bret and Kim Stafford, the oldest young children of the poet and pacifist William Stafford, have been associates. Bret used to be the nice son, the obedient public servant, Kim the itinerant wanderer. during this relations of 2 guardian lecturers, with its intermittent social gathering of “talking recklessly,” there has been a code of silence approximately not easy issues: “Why inform what hurts?” As early life pleasures ebbed, this reticence took its toll on Bret, not able to bare his problems. opposed to a backdrop of the Nineteen Sixties — puritan in the summertime of affection, pacifist within the Vietnam period — Bret grew to become a casualty of his inside battle and took his existence in 1988. a hundred tips each Boy Can Do casts spells looking for the misplaced brother: mountain climbing the water tower to face bare lower than the moon, cowboys and Indians with genuine bullets, breaking into church to play a serenade for God, suffering for romance, and making bail. during this booklet, via a brother’s devotions, the misplaced saint teaches us approximately melancholy, the smooth ancestry of violence, the hunt for harmonious family, and at last the trick of pleasure.

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41 A young woman sits languidly in 11. Lady Tending Flowers, 1873. Oil on canvas, 171⁄2 ‫ ן‬155⁄8 in. Courtesy of The Peabody Art Collection, Maryland Commission on Artistic Property of the Maryland State Archives. MSA-SC-4680-10-0036. 16 CHAPTER 1 12. Eastman Johnson, Catching the Bee, 1872. Oil on millboard, 291⁄2 1 ‫ ן‬21 ⁄4 in. Collection of The Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey. Purchase 1958 Wallace M. Scudder Bequest Fund. the chair, her head resting on her left hand as she looks wistfully into the distance.

Their studios were housed at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. The majority of American men and all women students (women were excluded from the school until 1897) stud- ied in independent ateliers or academies rather than matriculating officially at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. 54 Alexandre Cabanel sought “cette juste mesure,” that is, decorum and moderation in his choice of subject and in his treatment of it. 55 Cabanel excelled in his academic education, studying under a contemporary of David’s before entering the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1840 and winning the coveted Prix de Rome.

Lady Tending Flowers, 1873. Oil on canvas, 171⁄2 ‫ ן‬155⁄8 in. Courtesy of The Peabody Art Collection, Maryland Commission on Artistic Property of the Maryland State Archives. MSA-SC-4680-10-0036. 16 CHAPTER 1 12. Eastman Johnson, Catching the Bee, 1872. Oil on millboard, 291⁄2 1 ‫ ן‬21 ⁄4 in. Collection of The Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey. Purchase 1958 Wallace M. Scudder Bequest Fund. the chair, her head resting on her left hand as she looks wistfully into the distance. Her richly colored teal dress stands out from the darker jewel tones of the upholstered furnishings and the carpet.

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