Dallas Ann H. Erwood is a retired court reporter, fancies herself a poet and calls herself a writer. Like her father, technical writing is her forte, i.e., court reporting via a stenograph machine, on which she transcribed all her Dad’s letters.
It is difficult to call her the author of this work as she considers her father the authentic author/writer. She was a chronicler of her times in the legal sense. Her father’s letters are a chronicle of his time in WWII.
Dallas will submit this work, along with the original letters, to the Veteran’s History Project at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., to be archived for posterity’s sake.
Also co-authored by James C. Hinkle is the book “Reading Faulkner.”
Dallas was named after her dad’s nurse in WWII, Dallas Fellersen. So upon her retirement, she transcribed verbatim, word for word, all her dad’s letters he wrote home to his parents & uncle during WWII. She was a court reporter, so it was a labor of love, 12 years in the making, since 2008 when she received the Ietter mentioning Dallas his nurse. It was a cathartic & bonding experience for her after transcribing and proofreading the 202 letters, culminating in the feeling of a masterclass in how she was parented. The relationship he had with his parents was extremely close, confident & the letters felt to her like communion.
James “Jim” C. Hinkle grew up in the midwest as an only child. After WWII, he married and had 7 children. While an English professor at San Diego State University in the Humanities department specializing in Faulkner and Hemingway for 30 years from the early 1960’s until his death in 1990, he was a scholar and lecturer for The Hemingway Society & he really knew his way around a Faulkner novel. Legend has it he could recite “The Sun Also Rises” from
memory, cover to cover.