Frank Norris was a prominent American novelist and journalist during the Progressive Era. Most of Norris' work centered around the descriptions of people suffering from corrupt corporate monopolies near the turn of the 20th century. Norris' best known novels are McTeague: A Story of San Francisco, The Octopus: A Story of California, and The Pit: A Story of Chicago. The Octopus: A Story of California was inspired by the Mussel Slough Tragedy that took place in 1880 when a group of setters were disputing land titles with the Southern Pacific Railroad. The book centers around a conflict between wheat farmers and the Pacific and Southwestern railroad.
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This is a turn-of-the-century epic of California wheat farmers struggling against the rapacity of the Pacific and Southwestern Railroad, which will stop at nothing to extend its domination. The company controls the local paper, the land, the legislature and, when the farmers organize to protect themselves, even manages to control their representative on the state rate-fixing commission. An unremitting tale of greed and betrayal, originally intended as one-third of Norris' never-completed "Epic of the Wheat" trilogy.About the Author:
Frank Norris (1870 - 1902)
Benjamin Franklin Norris, Jr. (March 5, 1870 – October 25, 1902) was an American novelist, during the Progressive Era, writing predominantly in the naturalist genre. His notable works include McTeague (1899), The Octopus: A Story of California (1901), and The Pit (1903).
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Book Description Bentley Pub, 1971. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110837604052