Prince of Wales, Portland and ‘Annie’

Apr 18, 2013
Duane Robert Pierson

Camden — Duane Robert Pierson talk about his new book, “Annie and the Prince of Wales: Portland 1860” Tuesday, April 30, at 7 p.m. at the downtown Camden Public Library. Pierson is a poet as well as the author of “Annie,” a historical novel about the visit to Maine of the future King of England. Pierson’s talk is part of the library’s Maritime Month.

The Prince of Wales comes to Portland, Maine, as does the British fleet, on the eve of our Civil War. There is a magnificent ball for the officers; a thousand militiamen escort the Prince down Congress Street to the harbor. Thousands of visitors come to the peninsula to see it all. Annie Murphy and Addie Harman fall in love and meet their future husbands in Pierson’s fascinating historical novel. Annie a farmer’s daughter, but the main character of this novel is the city of Portland in October 1860, two weeks before Abraham Lincoln was elected President.

Pierson’s education began in a one-room school with one teacher, nine grades, no electricity and no indoor plumbing. Possessing a desire to play big-time football and inflicted with romantic notions about the Old South (long exorcised), the poet graduated from University of Alabama having majored in history and biology. He later received Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Cornell University.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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