by Jake Jacobs
10 July 2010
In the late 1860's a pair of the nation's best known chroniclers of the West worked together in San Francisco. Bret Harte wrote tales of mining camps, while Mark Twain had some choice words to say about a certain jumping frog. A decade later Ambrose Bierce set up his inkstand at the Examiner. Before launching himself at the Klondike Jack London was born a San Francisco boy, and was a student at Berkeley. In the 1920's Dashiell Hammett, drawing on his experiences as a Pinkerton detective, had his great creation, Sam Spade, prowl the foggy streets of the City By The Bay. A generation later Lawrence Ferlinghetti was arrested for publishing his fellow poet Allen Ginsberg's Howl.
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