Personal Encounters (Paperback)

By Ralph Hammond

Livingston Press (AL), 9780942979909, 209pp.

Publication Date: February 25, 2002



As an Army war correspondent during World War II, Ralph Hammond interviewed Pablo Picasso, T. S. Eliot, and Gertrude Stein. He also worked alongside Ernest Hemingway, who wrote as a civilian correspondent. Then, as press secretary to Governor Jim Folsom, Mr. Hammond interviewed Carl Sandburg, William Faulkner, and the silversmith William Spratling. In the Style of Walt Whitman, Ralph Hammond has turned these interviews into a personable series of poetic homages that offer insight into the times as well as the artists.