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Stephen Foster, a famous American songwriter who died broke in spite of the great popularity of his songs (apparently songs were covered under copyright at the time). You've probably heard or sang one or more of them. I remember singing "Oh, Susanah!" in the second grade.
For an author who is going through this -- Reclusive J.D. Salinger emerges -- via lawsuit
Best of luck,
EQUINE LIABILITY: WHAT EVERY HORSEOWNER NEEDS TO KNOW Published 2002 sold through
GEORGE'S STORYMORTON'S FORK Let's see how many agents I can catch with the query
THE NEXT STEP ASHES TO ASHESINTO THE VALLEY ( 48,00079,000 words) Need to up my game.
THE PICTURE Might be my next project.