INDIA RUBBER MAN by Ralph Wolf

INDIA RUBBER MAN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The first biography of one of the ten great inventors of the industrial era, Charles Goodyear, who discovered vulcanization. An early life, lacking interest or success, dogged by ill health, he started to experiment with rubber to prevent it from melting or sticking in hot weather, and with amazing persistence and imagination, he persevered in his attempts until he proved his point. Until the end of his life he tried to publicize his infant industry, but he was a poor business man and his work met with little favor, leaving him to die in debt. Untrimmed piece of biography, not particularly distinctive in the telling but adequate, and it is interesting because of its reverse-English on the usual success story.

Pub Date: July 20th, 1939
Publisher: Caxton