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The Octopus: A Story of California (The Epic of Wheat) (First Edition) by  Frank Norris - First Edition - 1901 - from LaCelle Rare Books (SKU: 14570)

The Octopus: A Story of California (The Epic of Wheat) (First Edition)

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The Octopus: A Story of California (The Epic of Wheat) (First Edition)

by Norris, Frank

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New York: Doubleday, Page & Co, 1901. Hardcover. Good/No Jacket.

New York: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1901.

FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING, SECOND ISSUE with 1901 date on title page and Manhattan Press at foot of copyright page.

652 pages.

Good. Hinges cracked else tight binding; contemporary owner's label stamped on front endpaper twice; small label on rear endpaper; some wear; lacking the very scarce dust jacket. 



Like the tentacles of an octopus, the tracks of the railroad reached out across California, as if to grasp everything of value in the state Based on an actual, bloody dispute between wheat farmers and the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1880, The Octopus is a stunning novel of the waning days of the frontier West. To the tough-minded and self-reliant farmers, the monopolistic, land-grabbing railroad represented everything they despised: consolidation, organization, conformity. But Norris idealizes no one in this epic depiction of the volatile situation, for the farmers themselves ruthlessly exploited the land, and in their hunger for larger holdings they resorted to the same tactics used by the railroad: subversion, coercion and outright violence. In his introduction, Kevin Starr discusses Norris's debt to Zola for the novel's extraordinary sweep, scale and abundance of characters and details.


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The Octopus: A Story of California (The Epic of Wheat) (First Edition)
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