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Gold - the marvellous history of General John Augustus Sutter
Blaise Cendrars
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Peter Owen
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In January 1848, John Augustus Sutter, "the first American millionaire," was ruined by one blow of a pickaxe. That blow revealed gold in one of the streams in Sutter's Californian estate, triggering the Gold Rush that brought hordes of greedy miners from every corner of the world to Sutter's vast domain.This is the story of this bankrupt Swiss paper maker who abandoned his family and made his way to America to seek his fortune. From New York he pushed westward, eventually acquiring a huge tract of land of which he was virtually an independent ruler and which was on the point of making him "the richest man in the world" when the Gold Rush brought disaster. For the last30 years of his life, Sutter tried vainly to get compensation from the U.S. government. He died in 1880, a broken old man. Thisis a work of breathless pace, fantastic humor, and soaring invention: an extraordinary story extraordinarily told.

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BlaiseCendrars was the author of more than 20books andhis works have been translated into11 languages. A founder of the modern movement in literature, he inspired poets from John Dos Passos to Patti Smith.

"Wise, weird and poignant . . . a wonderful modernist fable." -Newsweek

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Pioneers - United States - Fiction.|Gold mines and mining - California - Fiction.
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