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The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52

Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe

Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe moved to California from Massachusetts during the Gold Rush of the mid-1800’s. During her travels, Louise was offered the opportunity to write for The Herald about her travel adventures. It was at this point that Louise chose the name “Shirley” as her pen name. Dame Shirley wrote a series of 23 letters to her sister Mary Jane (also known as Molly) in Massachusetts in 1851 and 1852. The “Shirley Letters”, as the collected whole later became known, gave true accounts of life in two gold mining camps on the Feather River in the 1850s. She described these camps in Northern California with vividness in portraying the wildness of Gold Rush life. The letters give detailed accounts of the vast and beautiful landscape that was the background to the hustle and bustle of mining life. Louise’s perspective as a woman provided a contrast to the typically all-male mining camps that she occupied. The letters were later published in the Pioneer, a California literary magazine based out of San Francisco. (from wikipedia)

Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe moved to California from Massachusetts during the Gold Rush of the mid-1800’s. During her travels, Louise was offered the opportunity to write for The Herald about her travel adventures. It was at this point that Louise chose the name “Shirley” as her pen name. Dame Shirley wrote a series of 23 letters to her sister Mary Jane (also known as Molly) in Massachusetts in 1851 and 1852. The “Shirley Letters”, as the collected whole later became known, gave true accounts of life in two gold mining camps on the Feather River in the 1850s. She described these camps in Northern California with vividness in portraying the wildness of Gold Rush life. The letters give detailed accounts of the vast and beautiful landscape that was the background to the hustle and bustle of mining life. Louise’s perspective as a woman provided a contrast to the typically all-male mining camps that she occupied. The letters were later published in the Pioneer, a California literary magazine based out of San Francisco. (from wikipedia)
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History

Description:

Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe moved to California from Massachusetts during the Gold Rush of the mid-1800’s. During her travels, Louise was offered the opportunity to write for The Herald about her travel adventures. It was at this point that Louise chose the name “Shirley” as her pen name. Dame Shirley wrote a series of 23 letters to her sister Mary Jane (also known as Molly) in Massachusetts in 1851 and 1852. The “Shirley Letters”, as the collected whole later became known, gave true accounts of life in two gold mining camps on the Feather River in the 1850s. She described these camps in Northern California with vividness in portraying the wildness of Gold Rush life. The letters give detailed accounts of the vast and beautiful landscape that was the background to the hustle and bustle of mining life. Louise’s perspective as a woman provided a contrast to the typically all-male mining camps that she occupied. The letters were later published in the Pioneer, a California literary magazine based out of San Francisco. (from wikipedia)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

6h 8m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

16:09


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

32:19


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

10:14


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

12:28


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

10:44


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:21


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:04


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

16:43


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

14:40


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

17:07


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

15:45


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

13:28


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

13:15


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

13:31


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

15:39


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

19:17


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:46


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

16:07


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

12:04


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

23:40


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

15:05


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

21:30


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

19:05


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

17:20