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Join the Friends of the New York State Library and the New York State Library in a celebration in words and music of the writings and remarkable life of Jeanne Robert Foster.
Born in poverty in the Adirondacks in 1879, Foster in her poetry chronicled the people and customs, the farms and lumber shanties, of the North Country of her youth. Her talent, character, and beauty gained her the friendship, trust, and admiration of writers and artists as various as Ezra Pound, Ford Maddox Ford, George Russell, and John and William Butler Yeats.
She became a famous model (the "Fisher Girl" of 1903), an editor (the Review of Reviews ) and an astute collector of Irish art and literary manuscripts. Her final years were spent in Schenectady, where she worked to improve the welfare of the elderly. She received an honorary doctorate from Union College shortly before her death in 1970.
Dr. Kate H. Winter and folksinger Dan Berggren will present a program based on Foster's Adirondack Portraits. Copies of Foster's Adirondack Portraits will be available for purchase.
This program is free and open to the public. Light Refreshments.
Jeanne Robert Foster