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The Splendid Idle Forties

(1902)
Stories of Old California
A collection of stories by

 
These are stories of Old California, perhaps the best known collection of stories of that romantic period of California history when the incoming Americans were first intermingling with the Californians of rancho and presidio. Atherton's stories of love and death, bull and bear fights, moonlight meriendas, horse races and fancy dress balls, are increasingly meaningful and precious. They are truly classics of Californiana.

Gertrude Atherton was the daughter of a Yankee businessman from California and a southern belle. She spent the first thirty years of her life in and around San Francisco, a city whose history and destiny she utilized as the subject and background for her favorite character, the new western woman. Atherton's genius lay in her ability to tell an exciting story about a character or group of characters worthy of attention as they confronted the environmental and psychological circumstances of their lives. Now largely forgotten, novelist and short story writer Atherton at the height of her popularity often was ranked with Edith Wharton.





 
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Hardback Editions

March 2014 : USA Hardback
Title: The Splendid Idle Forties Stories Of Old California
Author(s): Gertrude Atherton
ISBN: 1-4941-3913-8 / 978-1-4941-3913-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Literary Licensing, LLC
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February 2011 : USA Hardback
Title: The Splendid Idle Forties Stories of Old California (LARGE PRINT EDITION)
Author(s): Gertrude Atherton
ISBN: 1-169-83741-7 / 978-1-169-83741-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
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September 2010 : USA Hardback
Title: The Splendid Idle Forties Stories of Old California
Author(s): Gertrude Atherton
ISBN: 1-163-22112-0 / 978-1-163-22112-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
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August 2007 : USA Hardback
Title: The Splendid Idle Forties (Stories of Old California)
Author(s): Gertrude Atherton
ISBN: 1-4353-2349-1 / 978-1-4353-2349-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: IndyPublish
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May 2004 : USA Hardback
Title: The Splendid Idle Forties Stories of Old California
Author(s): Gertrude Atherton
ISBN: 1-4326-1932-2 / 978-1-4326-1932-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
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June 1981 : USA Hardback
Title: Splendid Idle Forties
Author(s): Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
ISBN: 0-8398-0069-X / 978-0-8398-0069-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Irvington Pub
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Paperback Editions

March 2014 : USA Paperback
Title: The Splendid Idle Forties Stories of Old California
Author(s): Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
ISBN: 1-4980-7101-5 / 978-1-4980-7101-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Literary Licensing, LLC
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December 2012 : USA Paperback
Title: The Splendid Idle Forties: Stories of Old California
Author(s): Gertrude Atherton
ISBN: 1-4812-6754-X / 978-1-4812-6754-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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September 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: The Splendid Idle Forties Stories of Old California
Author(s): Gertrude Atherton
ISBN: 1-162-64088-X / 978-1-162-64088-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
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October 2008 : USA Paperback
Title: The Splendid Idle Forties
Author(s): Gertrude Atherton
ISBN: 1-4385-0447-0 / 978-1-4385-0447-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Book Jungle
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August 2007 : USA Paperback
Title: The Splendid Idle Forties (Stories of Old California)
Author(s): Gertrude Atherton
ISBN: 1-4353-2361-0 / 978-1-4353-2361-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: IndyPublish
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December 2004 : USA Paperback
Title: The Splendid Idle Forties (Stories of Old California)
Author(s): Gertrude Atherton
ISBN: 1-4142-3437-6 / 978-1-4142-3437-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: IndyPublish
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May 2004 : USA Paperback
Title: The Splendid Idle Forties Stories of Old California
Author(s): Gertrude Atherton
ISBN: 1-4179-1609-5 / 978-1-4179-1609-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
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March 2002 : USA Paperback
Title: Splendid Idle Forties: Stories of Old California, The
Author(s): Gertrude Atherton
ISBN: 1-58963-678-3 / 978-1-58963-678-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Fredonia Books (NL)
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June 1982 : USA Paperback
Title: The Splendid Idle Forties (Americans in Fiction Series)
Author(s): Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
ISBN: 0-89197-947-6 / 978-0-89197-947-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Irvington Pub
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