Identify the one historical figure who inspired the three following poetic portraits:

a) "The kindly-earnest, brave, foreseeing man,

Sagacious, patient, dreading praise, not blame,

New birth of our new soil, the first American." -- (James Russell Lowell)

b) "The color of the ground was in him, the red earth;/The smack and tang of elemental things." -- (Edwin Markham)

c) "He was a mystery in smoke and flags." -- (Carl Sandburg)

All entries (one per person) must be clearly written on postcards and mailed to: Book Bag, The Washington Post, Washington, D.C. 20071, and must include complete return address and competition number. The winning entry will be the first correct answer drawn at random. Employes of The Washington Post Company and their families are not eligible to enter. Entries must be received no later than September 3. The winner's name and city of residence will be announced in the September 13th issue of Book World. A Washington Post Book World book bag will be sent to the winner.

Answer to Book Bag #431: Professor Edward Lewis Weyland, Lord Ruthven, a gentleman known as Varney, a young woman named Carmilla, and the Comte de Saint-Germain are all vampires.

Winner: Ann Mackebee, Cockeysville, Md.

Corrections:

Please note the following corrections to the Summer Book Bag (Aug. 16 issue): (1) Anthony Burgess' name should be included in the list of contributing authors. (2) The total number of lines is 40, not 41. (3) In line 9, "benigned" should read "benign". (4) In line 31, "We" should read "He."