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             HISTORY


               Poetic Terrain




      Local landscapes and South Jersey towns inspired
           Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Stephen Dunn.                                                                          What We Do

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          ulitzer Prize-winning poet and   Dostoyevsky and Stephen Crane are but a                                              Income Planning
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     PStephen Dunn passed away on June    themselves, within the confines of a two-                                               Tax Planning
     24 of this year, leaving behind a legacy of   page poem, residing in the modern era                                         Medicare Plans
     more than 20 volumes of poetry, one in   of a South Jersey town, from Wildwood,                                               Fixed Rates
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        According to his obituary in the    Dunn had moved to Maryland a year                                                   Charitable Giving
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     Philadelphia Inquirer, Dunn was born in   before the release of Local Visitations but                                     Retirement Planning
     Queens on June 24, 1939. He attended   had been living in Port Republic, New                                               Educational Plans
     Hofstra University on a basketball   Jersey, at the time he was awarded the                                                  Life Insurance
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     University for his graduate work, played   Anton Chekhov the honor of living in the                                       Disability Insurance
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     advertising and lived in Cadiz, Spain for   of working, as he did in his homeland,
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     unpublished.                         tuberculosis that claimed his life at the age
        In 1974, Dunn released his first full-  of 44.                              WWW.SHOREWEALTH.COM
     length collection of poetry and was hired   Each poem clarifies why the writer    Tune It.
     by the recently established Stockton State   would gravitate toward his/her particular
     College, where he would teach creative   South Jersey town. For some the reason   Stream It.                        All American
     writing for the next 30 years, although   is personal, for others professional. Moby   Tune It.
     his obituary notes that he “maintained an   Dick author Herman Melville is settled in   Download It.                   Fireplace
     association with the university until 2016.”   Barnegat Light, tipping his Greek sailor’s   Stream It.
     It was near the conclusion of his time as   hat and residing two blocks from the                                Hearth Shop & Chimney Sweep
     an educator at Stockton that he won the   lighthouse. Bronte’s view of the marshlands   Download It.
     Pulitzer Prize for his book Different Hours   in Margate reminds her of the moors near                            NJ Contractor #13VH09765300
     in May 2001.                         her childhood home in England.                                                 1600 N. Delsea Dr.
        That year, the New York Times       For Pleasantville resident Charles
     interviewed Dunn, reporting that although   Dickens, casino workers substitute for                                       Vineland
     he “admits to using New Jersey in its   factory and mill laborers of 19th century                                 856.825.6008
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        At the time of his Pulitzer win, Dunn   Widow Douglas play the slots.  Stream It.       Stream It.
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     had completed half of his next book,                               Tune It.                   Tune It.
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     according to the New York Times. That   Only Leo Tolstoy is not content with            Download It.               Be prepared for
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     book would be released two years later   settling down in one location. He scurries        Stream It.
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     as Local Visitations, what the Inquirer   from blueberry field to cranberry bog and           Download It.
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                                          paddles down the Mullica River in search of
     describes as “a collection that included   Download It.                             Tune It.
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     fancifully imagined observations by long-  inspiration, luring him a bit closer than the   Stream It.               Call Now
     dead writers visiting towns in South   others to the Cumberland County region.      Tune It.
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     Jersey.”                            Download It.                                Download It.                       to get your chimney
        In the opening poem, Dunn rationalizes   century perspective and 21st century South   Stream It.              and fireplaces serviced
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