Cover of: The Octopus | Frank Norris

The Octopus

A Story of California (Twentieth Century Classics)

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Published by Penguin Classics .
Written in English.

About the Book

Nominally, a fictional story of the disputes between a railroad and ranchers in California, it was actually a stern critique of the Central Pacific Railroad based on the famous "Mussel Slough Tragedy" where a shootout occurred between railroad men and citizens of a small California town. The Octopus was originally planned to be part one of a three part trilogy, The Epic of the Wheat. Part two, The Pit, was published later but Norris died before completing the third novel.

First Sentence

Just after passing Caraher's saloon.

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Number of pages
692
Dimensions
7.6 x 5 x 1.3 inches
Weight
1.1 pounds

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL9304511M
Internet Archive
octopus00fran
ISBN 10
0140187707
ISBN 13
9780140187700
Library Thing
98156
Goodreads
876843
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April 5, 2014 Edited by ImportBot Added IA ID.
August 12, 2010 Edited by IdentifierBot added LibraryThing ID
April 24, 2010 Edited by Open Library Bot Fixed duplicate goodreads IDs.
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April 14, 2010 Edited by Open Library Bot Linked existing covers to the edition.