Personal Encounters

Ralph Hammond


As a U. S. Army military war correspondent in the European theater during World War II, Ralph Hammond interviewed some of the most notable artistic individuals in the twentieth century, including Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso, and T. S. Elliot-the later two at their studio and home, respectively.  And he worked beside Ernest Hemingway, who was also writing as a correspondent.  Then, during the following decade serving as the press secretary for Governor Jim Folsom of Alabama, Hammond interviewed William Faulkner, escorted Carl Sandburg throughout the state for nearly a week, and escorted the world-famous silversmith William Spratling as he received his honorary doctorate from Auburn.  The memories of Hammond include a tęte a tęte between Alabama's governor and Carl Sandburg as they swap Lincoln stories, a visit to Spratling's Taxzo silver shop and house, and a tea-time chat with T. S. Elliot about his book of practical cats-all these sung in a Whitmanesque paean.

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About the Author: 

Ralph Hammond served during World War II as a correspondent, following D-Day through Europe. He is past president The Alabama State Poetry Society, The Alabama Writers’ Conclave, and more recently The National Federation of State Poetry Societies. He attended the University of Alabama before becoming state press secretary.