SAN FRANCISCO'S LITERARY FRONTIER by Franklin T. Walker

SAN FRANCISCO'S LITERARY FRONTIER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A revealing book which is an important addition to America's literary history. We of the eastern seaboard are inclined to think that New England, New York and Chicago scoop the works on literary heritage. Now, through this interesting history of San Francisco and the riches of her past, one gets an entirely new conception of the facts. Here is the story of a city, through its frontier days, and its heyday. Here is the picture of successive ventures in periodicals, many of them foster parents to some of our national figures in literature:- The Pioneer, Golden Era, Territorial Enterprise, The Californian, Outcroppings, The Overland Monthly, The News Letter, etc. Here are stories of the early days of Bret Harte, of Mark Twain, of Artemus Ward, of Ambross Blerce, of Joaquin Miller, of Henry George, of Stoddard and others. Here is the background for John Muir, for the historian Bancroft, for Frank Norris and Jack London. And through much of the story, there is the interwoven story of Ina Coolbrith, the Aspasi of that era and region. An important title for the Coast, and a book that should find a place on public library shelves everywhere.

Publisher: Knopf