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David Henry Wyant, M.Ed. was born in Rogers City Michigan, just 60 miles directly east of Petoskey, along Lake Huron. He graduated with honors from RCHS in 1959 during a time when most young Americans strongly felt the need to do what they could to beat Russia into outer space. At seventeen, he drew rocket plans for NASA.
A graduate of Concordia Univ. Chicago(BA) and Wayne State Univ. Detroit, MI,(MA), Mr. Wyant taught elementary school for 30 years specializing in Art. He worked on a team which wrote the state Art curriculum for Florida.
Author Wyant currently enjoys visits with his daughter, Lisa Luebke (wife of Randall), five grandchildren and one great grandchild who all live nearby in Boyne City, Michigan. Experiencing Petoskey's north woods will never be the same after you read, "The Lost Chronicles of Young Ernest Hemingway." "The Town that Haunted Hemingway"..."Side Door to Heaven for Hemingway"
Mr. Wyant's previous books were environmental in nature:
"A Compilation of Poems", Landscape painting with words
"My Petoskey Stones"(192 pages regional poems) Extolling the natural beauty of Petoskey, MI
"The Town that Haunted Hemingway." Extensive research of Hemingway’s youth in Petoskey area.
"Art Curriculum, State of FL." What every child should know about Art, K-12
Mr. Wyant is available for readings of his books, writer's workshops and readings of his unique regional poetry.
on June 02, 2012 :
This is the only book I ever bought for the cover. I was browsing for something to read and saw the same Indian maiden that I used on the cover of Family Traits. Figuring that we had something in common, I downloaded the sample, liked it and returned to buy the whole book. Imagine my consternation to see that the cover had been changed.
Nevertheless, it’s an intriguing story, ostensibly the first person account of a summer spent with his family on the Michigan Upper Peninsula. I do think that Mr. Wyant has captured the voice of adolescent Hemingway. The Lost Chronicles has the same feel as the short stories he wrote that were set in the same area.
Young Ernest has several rites of passage: first drink of whiskey, first shave, first Indian girl. I came away wishing for more of Prudence, the Indian girl, but that may just be my prurient nature. This quirky little tale will appeal to all Hemingway fans as well as fans of juvenile trysts with Indian maidens.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)