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The Shirley Letters:  From the Calfornia Mines, 1851-1852, Clappe, Louise Amelia Knapp Smith; Smith-Baranzini, Marlene
Author:    Clappe, Louise Amelia Knapp Smith; Smith-Baranzini, Marlene

Title:   The Shirley Letters: From the Calfornia Mines, 1851-1852

Binding:   Trade Paperback

Book Condition:   Near Fine. 240 pp

Edition:   Third Printing

Publisher:   Berkeley, CA Heyday Books 2001

ISBN Number:   1890771007 / 9781890771003

Our Product Number:   605422

The Shirley Letters, written from the mining camps in 1851 and 1852, are something valuable and rare - a portrait by a woman of an era dominated by men. They offer a vivid picture of gold rush life, from accounts of "murders, fearful accidents, bloody deaths, a mob, whippings, a hanging, an attempt at suicide, and a fatal duel" to bars lined with "that eternal crimson calico which flushes the whole social life of the Golden State," and the rare and welcome luxury of oyster feasts. The sights, smells, and even the sounds of the mining camps come alive - the echoes of swearing men, the flume with its "dismal moaning and shrieking all the live-long night," the barking of mongrel dogs. With the "wild grandeur and awful magnificence" of the Sierra as background, this classic account presents a picture of the gold rush that is at times humorous, at times empathetic, and always trustworthy.


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