By Gary R. Kremer
A black guy praised via white America-George Washington Carver (1864-1943) was once an anomaly in his personal time. Now on hand in paperback, this selection collection of Carver's writings unearths the human facet of the well-known black scientist, in addition to the forces that formed his inventive genius.
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Milholland's essay. Jan. 16, 19286 My dear Mrs. Milholland:I am attempting to answer your good letter with out having it before me . . I am reluctantly sending you your most interesting manuscript. I have ten books with interesting sketches of my life on my desk now. Nearly all the authors came and remained on the ground while writing them. Yours however covers points they could not get. I have never permitted anyone to see your manuscript. It is too unique I feared they would copy from it. Of course now it wants bringing up to date.
Of course now it wants bringing up to date. From time to time I have tried to find the time to do it, but it seems impossible, I may be forced to retire before very long, as I am not very strong and am beginning to feel the weight of years. I hope you will keep this manuscript so that I can revise it and make use of the unpublished facts it contains. I do not feel so well tonight, so I will close and retire. Very sincerely yours G. W. Carver Less than two months later, Carver again wrote to Mrs.
Dana Johnson was intrigued immediately by the sculpture and observed the work intently. Carver, noting Johnson's interest, asked him what he thought, to which Johnson replied that the nose was not quite straight enough. The aging scientist was captivated by the young man's honesty, intensity, and attention to detail. A close friendship that would last the remainder of Carver's life had begun. 43 Carver continuously nurtured Dana Johnson's artistic aspirations. Letters to Dana urged him to care for his physical, mental, and spiritual health, to avoid worry, to trust in God, and to develop the artistic abilities that God had given him.