Realms of Gold: The Colorful Writers of San Francisco, 1850-1950

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Creative Arts Book Company, 1998 - Literary Criticism - 290 pages
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Few regions in America can equal the rich literary history of San Francisco and its surrounding areas with authors such as Bret Harte, Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, Isadora Duncan, Jack London, Robinson Jeffers, Dashiell Hammett, John Steinbeck, William Saroyan, Henry Miller, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Realms of Gold gives us a fresh look at the lives of these writers and portrays the development of the city from a Gold Rush boom town through its rapid growth as a commercial port and rail head, its destruction in 1906, its rebirth, to its post-World War II status as a major urban center. - Back cover.

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REALMS OF GOLD The Colorful Writers of San Francisco 1850-1950 George Rathmell Infinity Publishing ISBN 0-7414-4537-9 $17.95 I believe that in order to truly know a city one has to walk the streets ... Read full review

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A history book with a twist, we learn about the beginnings and growth of San Francisco as seen by its many famous writers and poets through a century. I thought this was a novel way to learn the ... Read full review


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Rathmell received his BA from UC Berkeley in 1956 and his MA from San Francsico State University in 1970. His specialty is California history and literature.

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