"Genius, Scientist, Saint": Carver as Hagiography

Cormier, Emily Cardinali
January 2010
Children's Literature;2010, Vol. 38, p153
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
A literary criticism of the book "Carver: A Life in Poems," by Marilyn Nelson is presented wherein the author classifies the book as poetry, a biography and a hagiography. The book, which has won numerous prizes, is mostly written in free verse and centers on the life of George Washington Carver. Nelson depicts Carver as a poor, saint-like figure who fought racial inequality even at the risk of physical harm. The author also believes that the book supports the idea of science as divine inspiration and scientific discovery as a gift.


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