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Will Carleton
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Graduating from college in 1869, Will Carleton first worked as a newspaper journalist in Hillsdale. He had been in the habit of writing poetry as a youngster. His first significant work published was “Betsy and I Are Out,” a poignant tale of a divorce which was first published in the Toledo Blade, but then reprinted by Harper’s Weekly. This poem was soon followed in 1872 by “Over the Hill to the Poor House” developing the plight of the aged and those with indifferent families. This piece captured national attention and catapulted Carleton into literary prominence—a position he was to hold the rest of his life as he continued to write and to lecture from coast to coast.
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