Swoyer, Grover E. Pittsburgh Steels the Show. Pittsburgh, PA: Self Published, 1954. Red leather wraps showing some shelf wear. Binding tight.
A collection of Grover's poems about the city of Pittsburgh and its people. He served as the Pastor of the Trinity Lutheran Church on Pittsburgh's North Side and published several other works including The Saving Presence, The Modern Funeral and Broken Dolls.
From an article published in The Pittsburgh Press on October 30, 1955:
[Swoyer] couldn't stay away from Pittsburgh, any longer, and accepted a call to Trinity, which then had only 400 members. "When I got back to Pittsburgh on Jan. 1, 1945," Dr. Swoyer says, "I took a walk down to the middle of the Sixth Street Bridge. I stood there for a long time, looking at the city, and said to myself: 'I'm back, and I'm happy.'" . That was when he made up his mind to write a book of poems about Pittsburgh, which was published recently under the title, "Pittsburgh Steels the Show." (Dr. Swoyer is an inveterate jokesmith and says: "I think anyone who makes puns should be in the punitentiary.") Its 100 or so pages (they aren't numbered) are almost entirely about Pitts burghIts history, geography and pec-pie from the Introduction, "Pittsburgh's New Face," to the one next the end, "Pittsburgh Is Life." Fittingly enough, it was printed and published in Pittsburgh. Probably no other city ever had so many details of its life and work portrayed in one book of poems.