San Francisco: A Cultural and Literary History

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Signal Books, 2004 - American literature - 254 pages
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Within a generation San Francisco grew from an isolated Mexican trading post with more hills than people into America's major Pacific Coast city. Shaped by entrepreneurs, eccentrics, and visionaries, it became renowned for accommodating those who dared to be different. People as diverse as William Randolph Hearst, Lillie Coit, Carol Doda, Jerry Garcia, and Harvey Milk have thrived in San Francisco's permissive environment as it evolved into one of the world's most welcoming and visually stunning cities. Mick Sinclair explores gold-rush San Francisco and the early free-for-all that led to corruption, vigilantism and public hangings. Looking at the mansions of Nob Hill and the notorious Barbary Coast with its spiked drinks and opium-laced cigars, he reveals a city of pleasure and promiscuity. Through literature, music and popular culture, he considers the rise of Berkeley's student activism, the genesis of hippie culture and Haight-Ashbury's famous Summer of Love. Explaining how the Castro became the world's most famous gay neighborhood, he reveals how a booming internet economy transformed and then threatened to destroy the city. THE CITY OF LANDMARKS: the Golden Gate Bridge; the Tr
  

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Sinclair, a travel writer who's written primarily on California, New York City, Florida, and Scandinavia, here offers his sixth title on San Francisco. Unlike the other five, it is less a travel ... Read full review

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Contents

PART
5
PART
22
PART THREE
53
PART FOUR
105
PART FIVE
140
Chinatown 156 Paper Sons Paper Daughters 157 Celebrated
162
PART
180
FURTHER READING 239
239
INDEX 247
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Mick Sinclair has written guidebooks to places including California, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and Scandinavia. His writing career began in 1980 with reviews and features on music, film, books, and contemporary culture.

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