Charlotte Service-Longépé

The Meandering Imagination is a biographical novel inspired by the memory of author Charlotte Service-Longépé's great-grandfather. During the life of writer and poet, Robert William Service (1874-1958)

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Robert W. Service meditating in his Lancieux garden, Lancieux, 1956

Robert W. Service paddling his Indian canoe named Coquette on the dangerous Mackenzie River, 1911

Robert W. Service and his wife Germaine at their Villa Aurora balcony, Monaco, 1956

Robert W. Service and Marlene Dietrich playing in the movie The Spoilers in 1942

Robert W. Service playing accordion in front of his Lancieux house and certainly composing new songs

Robert W. Service posing before going to the front in the North of France as Red Cross Ambulance driver , Dinard, 1915

Robert W. Service posing outside his log cabin of Dawson after his first writing successes, 1910

Robert W. Service sitting in the hall of the Canadian Bank of Commerce of Dawson, 1910

Robert W. Service admiring St Helier's beach skyline at Jersey where he spent his honey moon in 1913

Robert W. Service smiling proudly in front of his books

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Jan. 16, 1874 – Sept. 11, 1958

Jan. 16, 1874 – Sept. 11, 1958

The following obituary appeared in the Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph of Sept. 16, 1958: A GREAT POET died last week in Lancieux, France, at the age of 84.

He was not a poet’s poet. Fancy-Dan dilettantes will dispute the description “great.” He was a people’s poet. To the people he was great. They understood him, and knew that any verse carrying the by-line of Robert W. Service would be a lilting thing, clear, clean and power-packed, beating out a story with a dramatic intensity that made the nerves tingle. And he was no poor, garret-type poet, either. His stuff made money hand over fist. One piece alone, The Shooting of Dan McGrew, rolled up half a million dollars for him. He lived it up well and also gave a great deal to help others.

“The only society I like,” he once said, “is that which is rough and tough – and the tougher the better. That’s where you get down to bedrock and meet human people.” He found that kind of society in the Yukon gold rush, and he immortalized it.