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The Great American Railroad War

How Ambrose Bierce and Frank Norris Took on the Notorious Central Pacific Railroad
Drabelle, Dennis (Book - 2012 )
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The Great American Railroad War


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The notorious Central Pacific Railroad riveted the attention of two great American writers: Ambrose Bierce and Frank Norris. Drabelle tells a classic story of corporate greed vs. the power of the pen. The Central Pacific Railroad accepted US Government loans; but, when the loans fell due, the last surviving founder of the railroad avoided repayment. Bierce, at the behest of his boss William Randolph Hearst, swung into action writing over sixty stinging articles that became a signal achievement in American journalism. Later, Norris focused the first volume of his trilogy, The Octopus, on the freight cars of a thinly disguised version of the Central Pacific.
Authors: Drabelle, Dennis
Title: The great American railroad war
how Ambrose Bierce and Frank Norris took on the notorious Central Pacific Railroad
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 306 p. :,25 cm
Contents: Introduction
Working on the railroad
Hell-bent for promontory summit
How to be very, very unpopular
Ambrose Bierce at a low point
Anatomy of the funding bill
Bierce at war again
The beast emerges from within Frank Norris
Norris picks up a rake
Mussel slough under a microscope
Endings
Summary: The notorious Central Pacific Railroad riveted the attention of two great American writers: Ambrose Bierce and Frank Norris. Drabelle tells a classic story of corporate greed vs. the power of the pen. The Central Pacific Railroad accepted US Government loans; but, when the loans fell due, the last surviving founder of the railroad avoided repayment. Bierce, at the behest of his boss William Randolph Hearst, swung into action writing over sixty stinging articles that became a signal achievement in American journalism. Later, Norris focused the first volume of his trilogy, The Octopus, on the freight cars of a thinly disguised version of the Central Pacific.
ISBN: 0312667590
9780312667597
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