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Robert William Service was born in England, raised in Scotland, and emigrated to Canada in 1894. There he worked a wide variety of jobs, from farm laborer to storekeeper. He was employed at a bank in Dawson City, in the Canadian Yukon, when he published his first book of poems, Songs of a Sourdough, in 1908. Service was a correspondent for the Toronto Star and an ambulance driver in France during World War I, and published Rhymes of a Red Cross Man, a series of poems relating the horrors of that war. He eventually published over 1,000 poems, two autobiographical works and six novels. Several novels were adapted to movies, as well as The Shooting of Dan McGrew, filmed in 1924. His 1958 obituary in the Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph declared “He was a people's poet… they understood him, and knew that any verse carrying the by-line of Robert W. Service would be a lilting thing, clear, clean and power-packed, beating out a story with a dramatic intensity that made the nerves tingle.”

Adventure Classics:
Graphic Classics Volume 12

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