Don't Quit: Who is the Author?


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Don't Quit: Who is the Author?
By Thomas P. Barrett - 12 Aug 2011

In Reference to the Poem: DON’T QUIT

Dear Sir or Madam,

The poem on your site, Don’t Quit, is incorrectly cited as having been written by an Alice Enzie Zimmerman in 1948.

This is nothing more than another plagiarist’s attempt to tack his or her name to a work which was written long before that cited year. I have in my possession a copyrighted text from 1936 which includes the famous Don’t Quit poem and the author in this text is listed as Unknown.

In fact, my father, who was born in 1908, knew of this poem from his mother, who was born in 1882, which again makes it impossible for your alleged author to have written this poem. The text, to which I refer, is entitled The Best Loved Poems of The American People, publisher Doubleday & Company, Garden City, NY, and as previously stated, the copyrighted version in my possession is from 1936.

Please, in God’s Name, as well as in good conscience, remove Ms. Zimmerman’s name from this beautiful poem and give it back to the Unknown person to whom it rightfully belongs. Nothing less will compensate for the thievery presented by your presenter and plagiarist author.

Thank you,

Thomas P. Barrett