Are you between 5 and 25? If so, enter the Wicked Young Writer Awards NOW - click here for details...

tudor queens series join us on facebook
Search our site
Last Letter from Istanbul by Lucy Foley Read the opening extract of the brand new Lucy Foley book before its publication on 19/03/2018

Before The Big Bonanza Dan De Quille's Early Comstock Accent by Donnelyn Curtis
  

Before The Big Bonanza Dan De Quille's Early Comstock Accent

Synopsis

Before The Big Bonanza Dan De Quille's Early Comstock Accent by Donnelyn Curtis

The discovery and mining of the Comstock Lode in Nevada forever changed the mining culture of the American West. Using the pen name Dan De Quille, in 1876 William Wright published The Big Bonanza, the best-known contemporary account of the Comstock Lode mines. Previously, however, in nearly fifty newspaper accounts from 1860 to 1863, De Quille had documented the development of the early Comstock with a frankness, abundance of detail, sense of immediacy, and excitement largely absent from his book. Donnelyn Curtis and Lawrence I. Berkove have gathered those accounts for the first time in Before The Big Bonanza.De Quille describes the amazing transformation of the Comstock in less than four years from miscellaneous tent camps and primitive mining sites to an incredible complex of underground shafts and tunnels beneath a group of wealth-producing cities, with modern buildings, state-of-the-art mills, orderly streets, and traffic jams. He captures the vitality of the inhabitants' resolution and resourcefulness as they survive destructive storms and being cut off from supplies and entertainment, and he chronicles the events that kept Nevada and California in the Union. While reporting the prevailing violence of brawling and dueling and anti-Indian prejudice, De Quille at the same time conveys his thoughtful observations on the significance to democracy and civilization of the existence of such license.This trove of columns, collected from a variety of newspapers, is history in the making and additionally casts new light on the life and rapidly developing art of De Quille, the biographer of the Comstock and one of the most versatile and accomplished authors of the Old West.

Reviews

Donnelyn Curtis, head of Special Collections at the University of Nevada Reno, and Lawrence Berkove, a widely published authority on Mark Twain and Western literature, have joined together to rescue fifty uncollected letters written by William Wright (better known by his pen name Dan De Quille) that appeared in newspapers and magazines between 1860 and 1863....Curtis and Berkove's uncannily descriptive explanatory notes add much to this newly discovered literary ore. --Mark Twain Journal

Extremely valuable to understanding the history of the American West, with insights into the early career of one of the region's more remarkable writers. -- Ronald M. James, author of The Roar and the Silence: A History of Virginia City and the Comstock Lode This may be the best discovery to come out of Nevada mining country since the Big Bonanza vein itself. Dan De Quille was the outstanding reporter of the Comstock Lode, and almost anything he would have to say about it would be worth reading. This collection does not disappoint. --Michael Green, author of Nevada: A History of the Silver State Donnelyn Curtis, head of Special Collections at the University of Nevada Reno, and Lawrence Berkove, a widely published authority on Mark Twain and Western literature, have joined together to rescue fifty uncollected letters written by William Wright (better known by his pen name Dan De Quille) that appeared in newspapers and magazines between 1860 and 1863 .Curtis and Berkove's uncannily descriptive explanatory notes add much to this newly discovered literary ore. Mark Twain Journal Extremely valuable to understanding the history of the American West, with insights into the early career of one of the region s more remarkable writers. Ronald M. James, author of The Roar and the Silence: A History of Virginia City and the Comstock Lode This may be the best discovery to come out of Nevada mining country since the Big Bonanza vein itself. Dan De Quille was the outstanding reporter of the Comstock Lode, and almost anything he would have to say about it would be worth reading. This collection does not disappoint. Michael Green, author of Nevada: A History of the Silver State Extremely valuable to understanding the history of the American West, with insights into the early career of one of the region s more remarkable writers. Ronald M. James, author of The Roar and the Silence: A History of Virginia City and the Comstock Lode This may be the best discovery to come out of Nevada mining country since the Big Bonanza vein itself. Dan De Quille was the outstanding reporter of the Comstock Lode, and almost anything he would have to say about it would be worth reading. This collection does not disappoint. Michael Green, author of Nevada: A History of the Silver State Extremely valuable to understanding the history of the American West, with insights into the early career of one of the region s more remarkable writers. Ronald M. James, author of The Roar and the Silence: A History of Virginia City and the Comstock Lode

This may be the best discovery to come out of Nevada mining country since the Big Bonanza vein itself. Dan De Quille was the outstanding reporter of the Comstock Lode, and almost anything he would have to say about it would be worth reading. This collection does not disappoint. Michael Green, author of Nevada: A History of the Silver State

Extremely valuable to understanding the history of the American West, with insights into the early career of one of the region's more remarkable writers. -- Ronald M. James, author of The Roar and the Silence: A History of Virginia City and the Comstock Lode

This may be the best discovery to come out of Nevada mining country since the Big Bonanza vein itself. Dan De Quille was the outstanding reporter of the Comstock Lode, and almost anything he would have to say about it would be worth reading. This collection does not disappoint. --Michael Green, author of Nevada: A History of the Silver State


About the Author

Donnelyn Curtis is Head of Special Collections at the University of Nevada, Reno Libraries, USA.Lawrence I. Berkove is Emeritus Professor of English, at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, USA. His numerous publications include The Sagebrush Anthology: Literature from the Silver Age of the Old West (University of Missouri Press).

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

29th July 2015

Author

Donnelyn Curtis

More books by Donnelyn Curtis
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Publisher

University of Missouri Press

Format

Hardback
320 pages

Categories

Maritime history
Media studies

ISBN

9780826220387

I read new, exciting writers and established authors before publication and there is a great website full of brilliant books and opinions.

Lynda

Lovereading are lovely people who send me lovely books. What's not to love?

Gavin Dimmock

Its jam packed with fantastic titles, informative descriptions & fantastic reviews and has a vast array of great features & competitions.

Linda Rollins

If you LOVE reading then you will love LOVEREADING! It's a 'novel' idea. Seriously though I could not recommend them enough.

Rebecca Whymark

The best new books on the market, reviewed honestly, to give your readers the best choices.

Julie Cook

What can I say, the clue is in the title Lovereading - and awesome books.

Sarah Davis

My horizons have been broadened by some of the books I have been lucky to review and I expect it to be no different in the future.

Daran Bellingham

Hooked on books? Give Lovereading a go - for the chance to discover brilliant books, and to see why our members love it so.

Claire Hill

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools