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Literary World of San Francisco and Its Environs Paperback – March, 1985

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 247 pages
  • Publisher: City Lights Publishers; First Edition edition (March 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872861570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872861572
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,394,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Don Herron is best known for leading the Dashiell Hammett Tour in San Francisco since 1977. The last four decades have been marked by edition after edition of his tour book, as well as his biography WILLEFORD on the cult crime writer Charles Willeford, and the guidebook THE LITERARY WORLD OF SAN FRANCISCO AND ITS ENVIRONS.

Among other projects, he edited THE SELECTED LETTERS OF PHILIP K. DICK and the critical collection REIGN OF FEAR: THE FICTION AND FILM OF STEPHEN KING. His critical collections on Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan, are now available in the eBook "LitCrit MegaPack" THE DARK BARBARIAN THAT TOWERS OVER ALL.

To disambiguate this Don Herron from others, he is not the author of THE SARIM nor is he the Canadian comedian Don Harron from HEE HAW, who writes books under the name "Charlie Farquharson."

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It's hard to believe that San Francisco could be the origin of a majority of the important literary developments of the modern age-yet Mr. Herron has rolled out that ball of yarn for for the interest of tourist AND native to the City."Maltese Falcon" for instance; if you really trek down to the alley you'll be across the street from where Stevenson had his coffee. I freely engineered my ephemeral 1987 "CALIFORNIA STAR" against the template of the book-shoring up perfectly my thesis...Twain and the others were treasure hunters, and recorded the flotsam of their adventuring into Bohemia for the "big" story, as "detective novels." How many know the connections between the women writers and our modern civil liberties? Science fiction or facts? It's all there, and as good a way of seeing this magnificent state as pilgrimaging to the Missions once was popular-take the time to see where our most gifted writers had taken up residence-or went to carouse- and you can "Bogart" some atmosphere!
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My hope is that Don does an update of this magnificent guide book. I've been using it as guide for requesting books from the library as well, now that I am retired and have time to indulge in binge reading. I also recommend meeting the man in person by taking his San Francisco Means Streets walking tour. You will never read Hammett the same way afterward, but also, due to the constant rebuilding of San Francisco, those still extant sites may be in danger of disappearing so get there while you can to see them and enjoy Don's revelations regarding them.
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This book was THE great book for self-guided walking tours of San Francisco. Lost a copy of it myself and would love to find or buy another. This was a wonderful book that always led one to adventures. Why is this out of print?
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