Don't Quit: Who is the Author?
By George Munchinsky - 24 Jun 2007
In Reference to the Poem: DON’T QUIT
Recently it has been brought to my attention that the poem "Don't Quit" is found in "The Best loved Poems of the American People" published by Doubleday & Company, Inc., Garden City, N.Y. ISBN 0-385-00019-7. Copyright 1936. This is 12 years prior to the date Alice Rowland (nee Enzie) claims to have written the poem.
My wife and I visited Alice and confronted her with this information. Alice admitted that she has seen it in a similar book. However, she is still convinced that she wrote the poem and that the printing dates in the books must be wrong. Her original, hand written poem is almost word for word as it is in the poetry books, but it has five verses rather than four.
At his time I am unable to believe that Alice is the original author, even though she remains convinced that she is the author. I cannot change her mind, nor can I change what is claimed to be in print since 1936.