When Finis Fox wrote Evangeline: A Novel, based on Henry Wadsworth
Longfellow's poem, he anticipated that some readers would be disappointed by the
book's lack of poetic verse. However, he compensated by providing more details
and incidents of Evangeline's story than Longfellow's original poem contained.
In spite of the change, Fox was determined not to stray too far from
Longfellow's original work.
The conscientious author also led a dynamic life. Born in Oklahoma, he attended
three colleges and universities before enlisting in the Spanish-American War.
Mr. Fox worked extensively in the newspaper business as both editor and
publisher of the Ardmore Appeal and editorial staff member of the
Oklahoma Oklahoman. He also served on the Oklahoma legislature at age
twenty-one and then went on to spend several years as a traveling salesman.
Finally, he began work in the motion-picture business, writing, directing, and
producing more than forty movies, including the film version of “Evangeline.”
Having left his mark on many industries, Mr. Fox died on November 7, 1949, in
San Antonio, Texas.
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