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Black fire : the true story of the original Tom Sawyer--and of the mysterious fires that baptized Gold Rush-era San Francisco

Author: Robert Graysmith
Publisher: New York : Crown, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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First biography of the little-known real-life Tom Sawyer (a friend of Mark Twain during his brief tenure as a California newspaper reporter), told through a harrowing account of Sawyer's involvement in the hunt for a serial arsonist who terrorized mid-nineteenth century San Francisco.
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Genre/Form: Sources
Biography
Named Person: Tom Sawyer; Mark Twain; Mark Twain
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Graysmith
ISBN: 9780307720566 030772056X 9780307720580 0307720586
OCLC Number: 773278509
Description: x, 268 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Dramatis Personae --
Prologue --
pt. 1. The man who burned down San Francisco : December 24, 1849-September 16, 1850 --
Broderick and the Christmas Eve Catastrophe --
Sawyer --
Sleep Runners and Flying Houses --
Broderick's Rogues --
Rainbow Rivers of Gold and Silver --
pt. 2. The lightkeeper : September 17, 1850-June 22, 1851 --
Tug of War --
The Melting House --
The Lodger --
The Golden Ring --
pt. 3. Steaming with Twain and Sawyer : May 26, 1863-December 16, 1866 --
Steamers --
The Fire Girl --
Let Us Build a City.
Responsibility: written and illustrated by Robert Graysmith.

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First biography of the little-known real-life Tom Sawyer (a friend of Mark Twain during his brief tenure as a California newspaper reporter), told through a harrowing account of Sawyer's involvement in the hunt for a serial arsonist who terrorized mid-nineteenth century San Francisco.

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