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The poker bride : the first Chinese in the Wild West

Author: Christopher Corbett
Publisher: New York, NY : Atlantic Monthly Press : Distributed by Publishers Group West, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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During the Gold Rush, a young Chinese concubine arrived by horse in Idaho gold country, where a white gambler soon won her in a poker game. She became Polly Bemis, the winner's legal, beloved wife. Polly emerged into public view only in 1923, a tiny old woman on horseback, her identity and story known only to a few old-timers.
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Polly Bemis; Polly Bemis
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Corbett
ISBN: 9780802119094 0802119093
OCLC Number: 426814534
Description: xvii, 218 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Celestials and sojourners --
Chinatown --
Sold --
Coming into the Territory --
The end of the road --
Warrens --
Soiled doves --
Fond of playing cards --
The shooting affray in Warrens --
Saving Polly --
Last days on the river --
The caravan of the dead : ghosts of the Oro Fino.
Responsibility: Christopher Corbett.
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When gold rush fever grips the globe in 1849, thousands of Chinese immigrants come through San Francisco on their way to seek their fortunes. In "The Poker Bride," Corbett uses a little-known legend  Read more...

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"Corbett delves deep into the soul of the real old west, using the story of one Chinese 'sojourner'--a young woman named Polly--as the thread to link a thousand pearls of fact and lore and whatever Read more...

 
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