Zerah Colburn the Spirit of Darkness

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arima Publishing, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 520 pages
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Zerah Colburn was a well-known nineteenth century locomotive engineer, journalist and publisher. In life he mixed with the famous men of engineering in America and Britain. Ans he was among 200 leading Americans nominated for New York University's Hall of Fame. But Colburn was an enigma, a dark and irascible man with a violent temper. His work colleagues in London called him the 'Spirit of Darkness'. But why did he shoot himself at the age of 38 at the height of his career?
  

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Contents

Death in the orchard
1
Its Zerah not Zerah
17
Lowell city of spindles
31
A yearning to write
43
Birth of a journal
59
The Advocate gathers speed
75
Holley joins the team
93
Advocate gets a facelift
107
Great Eastern leaves a mark
273
Fresh start in Philadelphia
295
Helping hand for Holley
317
The English rose
343
The concept of Engineering
369
Breaking ground
393
A deadly cocktail
419
The final goodbye
437

Joining the tire business
131
A meeting with Healey
151
Colburn copies The Engineer
175
Railway report
203
The parting of the ways
225
Colburn moves to London
251
Last wills and testaments
453
Epilogue
479
Cold orchard
487
Index
493
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About the author (2005)

John Mortimer was the author of the Rumpole series, many of which formed the basis for the PBS-TV series Rumpole of the Bailey. The first book featuring his most famous character, Horace Rumpole, was published by Penguin in 1980. His work also includes many novels and plays and three acclaimed volumes of autobiography. A former barrister, Mortimer, who was knighted in 1998, lived in Oxfordshire, England. He died in January of 2009.

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