Sherwood Anderson (September 13, 1876 – March 8, 1941) was an American novelist and short story writer, known for subjective and self-revealing works.
William Howard Taft (September 15, 1857 – March 8, 1930) was the 27th President of the United States (1909–1913) and later the tenth Chief Justice of the United States (1921–1930). He is the only person to have served in both of these offices.
In surveys of presidential scholars, Taft is usually ranked near the middle of lists of all American Presidents.
Before I left home, the novelist Allan Gurganus had recommended that I take the audio book of Light in August on my trip. He went on to compare Blanche DuBois to that novel’s Lena Grove, pregnant and wandering around Mississippi looking for the father of her baby. “Faulkner and Williams both hailed from ‘nice’ families a few generations down on their luck,” Gurganus told me. “The drive and ambition they attribute to their very different heroines, in Light in August and in Streetcar, reflect their own strange fates. The old order has faded and a new one is taking rank. These men were geniuses, born into dream-prone minor tribes from little towns in a defeated region. So Lena’s search for a father for her child and Blanche’s wish for the security of an oil tycoon who’ll spoil her mirror their creators’ quests. Each made a knight’s gambit, each going in search of acknowledgement, recognition, a place of honor and dignity, a place to stand, in the reconfigured modern world.”
Tennessee Williams visited Moon Lake Casino, and referred to it in all but two of his plays.
Yes, the three of us drove out to Moon Lake Casino, very drunk and laughing all the way.
—Blanche DuBois, A Streetcar Named Desire
Sarah Wright, who has owned the property since 1985, stated, “they loved to go to the Moon Lake Casino, because the place served Kansas City steaks and even flew in lobster from Maine, no easy task as airplane travel was then in its infancy. That was Tennessee’s introduction to this place.”
William Faulkner also visited the place, and referred to it in one of his novels as “Moon Lake Hotel.”
Baker is an unincorporated community in Okaloosa County, Florida. It is located about 10 miles (16 km) northwest of the county seat, Crestview, in the Florida Panhandle. The Baker Block Museum is in Baker.