Born in St. Francois County, Missouri, Roger W. Forsythe graduated with his Masters Degree in English from Southeast Missouri State University after having studied a semester with the University of London, Imperial College, researching the Romantic Age poet John Keats.
He has published three volumes of poetry, a chapter for the historical textbook, "Missouri: Our Civil War Heritage," and thirty-five compositions in regional literary journals.
The recipient of three Missouri Associated Press awards for excellence in feature writing, a "veteran" Union infantry Civil War re-enactor, a licensed trim carpenter, and a certified astrologer, he is an adjunct professor at Edison State College in Naples, Florida.
He has known Conrad for thirty-one years.
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PRAISE FOR ROGER W. FORSYTHE'S "A CRUCIBLE OF INNOCENCE"
"* * * * The writing is smooth and sparkles with this author's passion for telling an engaging tale. The book is well structured in the way it confronts and grapples (and has fun) with a host of social and cultural issues while delivering the fanciful tale of an interesting protagonist. The author writes an engaging narrative of his protagonists' quest, and the mystery elements are well integrated. Conrad and the other characters, both the saints and sinners, are, individually and collectively, certainly strong enough to carry this narrative, which prompts the reader's interest in always wanting to know what will happen next; a most enthralling read." --Judge's Commentary, The 19th Annual "Writer's Digest" Self-Published Book Awards.
* * * * * "Highly recommended! Mr. Forsythe has used his poetic gifts to create a special experience here. Written in a style where time must be taken for re-reading, contemplating, and savoring, this fascinating book makes for great and worthwhile reading." --John Helman, Allbooks Reviews
* * * * * "A Romantic Renaissance! Overflowing with intricate intellectual intimations in (a) cleverly interwoven, strong narrative style. An ingenuous joy!" --Gregory Watson.
* * * * * "Roger W. Forsythe's first novel is intriguing, rich, and a fascinating read. I couldn't put it down. It can be read over and over (for) a new perspective." --Mary Gaston.
"A delight! I enjoyed the journey--the clever names, plays on words, wonderful literary allusions. Mr. Forsythe's knowledge of world literature is impressive. James Conrad Scott is engaging, and I hope there will be a sequel." --Helena Thom.
* * * * "'A Crucible of Innocence' is a gripping and compelling work that crosses genres and challenges convention. If you enjoy the artistry when a book's carefully designed layout lends as much to the meaning as the words themselves, you will enjoy this beautiful tapestry. It will leave readers with plenty of material for reflection, yet craving more from Conrad Scott and the insights he offers." --Sarah Moore, Writers in the Sky
"This book has got me hooked. The only other read that had ever grabbed me where I couldn't put it down was the Harry Potter series." --Vincent Acunto.
* * * * * "Brilliant! From the beginning I was hooked. I couldn't wait to see where the story took Conrad next. Highly recommended! Make it a must." --Jewel Mires.
"I enjoyed reading 'A Crucible of Innocence.' It is much different from what I am used to, especially the poetic aspect. Conrad is an interesting character, though, and his story, along with his short stories, are well written and enjoyable." --Daniel L. Connor
* * * * * "I thoroughly enjoyed reading Roger Forsythe's 'A Crucible of Innocence.' The story provides insight into a good person with his own demons to fight." --John Petersen.
* * * * "Roger Forsythe takes you on the delightful journey of James Conrad Scott, a soul trying to find his place in life and literature. The details are specific and consistent with the literary genres being explored or replicated. I would gladly share a pint with Conrad at the Troubadour Poets." --Brian D. Hahn.
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* This book's purpose is to enlighten an educated, spiritual audience interested in angels, reincarnation, and the role literature plays in achieving higher consciousness.
* The immediate needs readers will find met by this novel are a renewed sense of wonder in the power of imagination and the enjoyment of a multi-textured composition which springs from a simple story line.