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Rollin Leonard Smith
Rollin L. Smith was born at Mankato, Minnesota on June 5, 1887, the son of Edward Everett and Esther (Leonard) Smith. He attended Princeton University (where he obtained his Bachelor of Letters in 1911) and received his LL.B. degree from Minnesota Law School in 1914. He served as a special assistant in the Minnesota Attorney General's Office. His poetry appears in Modern American Poetry (1935)(1936), American Voices (1935), The Yearbook of Contemporary Poetry (1937) and various newspapers and periodicals. Smith is also the author of radio scripts and plays. He lived in Minneapolis.
[Sources: The Biographical Dictionary of Contemporary Poets: The Who's Who of American Poets 447 (New York: Avon House, 1938); Frank Robert & Rollin L. Smith, Triple Death and the River Secret ([Louisville, Kentucky: Country Press, Inc., 1941)(as told to Rollin L. Smith)] [The Biographical Dictionary of Contemporary Poets notes that a volume of Smith's verse, Reaping the Whirlwind was "forthcoming." We find no reference to the title in OCLC.]
Rollin L. Smith, The Philosophy of a Politician: An Epistolary Biography of Edward E. Smith (Minneapolis: The Vallombrosa Press, 1932)
Frank Robert & Rollin L. Smith, Triple Death and the River Secret ([Louisville, Kentucky: Country Press, Inc., 1941)(extracted from Startling Detective, v.27, no.161, December 1941)(as told to Rollin L. Smith)