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A History of the Big Bonanza

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Les obtained international fame Being the most prominent newspaper reporter at the time in Virginia City De uille had his finger on the pulse of the region and had direct access to the mines and people making him eminently ualified as the authoritative author for a history book about the Comstock silver mining boom History of the Big Bonanza was written in 1876 at the peak of the silver boom and widely read but it was only a few years before the silver ore finally started to be depleted and the book soon became less relevant to contemporary readers De uille's legacy was uickly overshadowed by the ascending fame of his former colleague Mark Twain and his writings fell into a hazy zone of provincialism by the time of his death in 1898 Recently however there was been a resurgence of interest in early western authors particularly those with a uniue humorous bent such as Dan De uille.

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Peruse Press is proud to present this entirely new edition of the classic History of the Big Bonanza by Dan De uille William Wright with an introduction by Mark Twain Added to this edition is a new prologue of select droll barbs between Dan De uille and Mark Twain extracted from 1864 editions of the Territorial Enterprise newspaper where the two worked together as reporters in the rambunctious boomtown of Virginia City Nevada located directly on top of the enormous Comstock Lode silver vein Also included in this edition is a new compilation of 114 historic photographs illustrations and maps selected to complement the text and give readers a firsthand look at the historic people mines and region delineated in this classic tome of the Sagebrush School of western literature Photographers illustrators and cartographers in this edition include Mathew Brady Grafton Tyler Brown Elmer C.

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Hickering James H Crockwell W H Davenport T L Dawes Mark Diederichsen Andrew A Forbes Charles F Hoffmann Robert Kerrigan Augustus Koch Lawrence Houseworth Walter Neale John S Noe Timothy H O’Sullivan Roswell Morse Shurtleff Louis Thors Carleton E Watkins Charles L Weed and True WilliamsDan De uille arrived on the Comstock in 1859 the same year the first silver discoveries were made and remained for almost forty years watching its history unfold before his eyes As a senior newspaper reporter De uille took a young Samuel Clemen's under his wing at the Territorial Enterprise where the name Mark Twain first appeared in print and the two fed off each other's acerbic humor and established a tremendous following of readers De uille's reporting of Comstock activities and humorous stories were often repeated in other newspapers throughout the old west and some of his fabricated hoax ta. Quantum Physics and the Multiplicity of Mind year the first silver discoveries were made and remained for almost forty Deathgame (Hardy Boys: Casefiles, years watching its history unfold before his eyes As a senior newspaper reporter De uille took a Informal Work Talks and Teachings young Samuel Clemen's under his wing at the Territorial Enterprise where the name Mark Twain first appeared in print and the two fed off each other's acerbic humor and established a tremendous following of readers De uille's reporting of Comstock activities and humorous stories were often repeated in other newspapers throughout the old west and some of his fabricated hoax ta.


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  1. says:

    A comprehensive and detailed description of the silver mining operations and personnel in Virginia City Nevada during the heyday of the Comstock Lode It contains an interesting mixture of technical details and humerous anecdotes à la Mark Twain The author was a journalist for the local paper the Virginia City Enterprise and became respected nationwide as an expert on the happenings there during the silver mining peak of the 1870s and 1880s He actually worked with Mark Twain for a few months they both supposedly adopted their pen names while working at the Enterprise and Twain was later his adviser and mentor when this book was written in 1875 The Introduction for this edition by Oscar Lewis served as a rather complete biography of De uille's life This book was added to my reading list after reading Twain's Roughing It


  2. says:

    Learn amazing facts and anecdotes about the creation of the Comstock by someone who was there the editor of the Territorial Enterprise


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