James Schell Hearst taught at the University of Northern Iowa from 1941 to 1975, retiring as a Distinguished Professor of English, and was well-known throughout the nation as a poet, philosopher, and educator. His thirteen volumes of poetry and two autobiographical works won him praise and honors on both the state and national level. During the course of his life he published over 600 poems, with his work appearing in such publications as The Nation, Outdoor America, the Saturday Evening Post, The Midland, Poet & Critic, The Independent, the Wascana Review, and the Kansas Quarterly, among many others. The Poetry Foundation website has extensive information on James Hearst.
See the James Hearst Collection, a digital image gallery that represents a selection of the James Hearst's papers, which are currently housed in the UNI Library Special Collections & University Archives.
Farmer-poet James Hearst bequeathed his home to the City of Cedar Falls in 1983 and asked that it be used as an arts center for the community. See the The James & Meryl Hearst Center for the Arts and Friends of the Hearst websites for information.
Coming Soon! A full, digitized index of Hearst correspondence in the UNI Archives. Streamline your research and satiate your curiosity. Project of Special Collections Intern Ashley Thronson.