A Deal in Wheat and Other Stories

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Lulu.com, Aug 8, 2017 - Fiction - 126 pages
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A Deal in Wheat and Other Stories of the New and Old West is a collection of short stories written by the American author Frank Norris. It was published posthumously in 1903 and composed primarily of recently published works. I. The first of the five sections of the story, entitled ""The Bear- Wheat at Sixty-Two,"" takes place in rural Kansas. Sam Lewiston leaves his wife, Emma, home on the ranch while he goes into town one last time to try to sell his wheat to Bridges & Co., Grain Dealers before being forced out of the market. At sixty-two cents a bushel, Lewiston can no longer afford to raise wheat and must take a job with his wife's brother in Chicago. II. The next section, ""The Bull- Wheat at a Dollar-Ten,"" introduces the two main players of the Chicago-run wheat business, the bear and the bull: Treslow and Hornung. When Treslow had let the price fall to sixty-two cents, Hornung had almost run him out of business...
 

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Contents

A DEAL IN WHEAT
3
THE WIFE OF CHINO
13
A BARGAIN WITH PEGLEG
26
THE PASSING OF COCKEYE BLACKLOCK
34
A MEMORANDUM OF SUDDEN DEATH
44
TWO HEARTS THAT BEAT AS ONE
58
THE DUAL PERSONALITY OF SLICK DICK NICKERSON
68
THE SHIP THAT SAW A GHOST
82
THE GHOST IN THE CROSSTREES
96
THE RIDING OF FELIPE
107
BONUS
124

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Considered one of the leading pioneers in American Naturalism, Frank Norris is read and studied for his vivid and honest depiction of life at the beginning of a lusty and developing new century. Born in Chicago, he moved to San Francisco with his well-to-do family when he was 14 and went on to attend the University of California and Harvard University before becoming a war correspondent in South Africa and Cuba. His early apprentice work consisted mostly of rather unremarkable adventure stories, but with the long-gestating McTeague: A Story of San Francisco (1899), he struck a new note. That powerful study of avarice in a seedy section of the Bay Area may well be Norris's masterpiece. The Octopus (1901), the first of Norris's projected Epic of the Wheat series, deals with the raising of wheat in California and the struggle of ranchers against the railroads, while The Pit (1903) is a novel about speculation on the Chicago wheat exchange. Unfortunately, Norris died suddenly after an operation for appendicitis. Like Stephen Crane, a writer with whom Norris is frequently compared, Norris died too young to fulfill his considerable promise, but he has more than held his own ground among turn-of-the-century writers whose works have lived. One reason may be that he took his craft as a writer seriously, as is shown by his posthumously published Responsibilities of the Novelist and Other Literary Essays (1903) and The Literary Criticism of Frank Norris, edited by Donald Pizer.

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