California Legacy

Heyday and Santa Clara University formed a partnership to create a publishing, outreach, and educational program devoted to writing drawn from California's past. www.californialegacy.org

The Anza Trail and the Settling of California

In 1774, the Spanish viceroy of Mexico sent Juan Bautista de Anza, captain of the Presidio at Tubac (in what is now Arizona), to lead two expeditions: the first to find a safe overland route to Monterey, and the second to return Anza to California with 240 men, women, and children to establish a settlement […]

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The Autobiography of Lincoln Steffens

Here, in what The Nation publisher Victor Navasky says “ought to be assigned reading,” is the autobiography of one of the world’s first celebrity journalists: Lincoln Steffens, a man whose writing was so notorious that President Theodore Roosevelt coined a term for it—muckraking. Growing up in Sacramento, Steffens (1866-1936) was an editor at the New […]

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Califlora: A Literary Field Guide

California plants range from microscopic mosses to giant sequoias, from desert cacti to rain forest ferns, from humble native grasses to flamboyant cultivated blossoms. With over six thousand species of astonishing variety, what grist for the literary mill! Novelists, poets, farmers, naturalists, foragers, botanists, and mythmakers have long exulted in the Golden State’s variety and […]

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California: A Study of American Character

California has recently been blessed with a number of careful and colorful works by authors who do not hesitate at—and perhaps even enjoy—shattering the state’s historic icons in order to present an honest view of the state’s formative events and their causes. Josiah Royce’s California, published in 1886, is the prototype for this approach. In […]

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Essential Muir

Preservationist. Inventor. Lobbyist. John Muir was many things at once, and he is California’s best-known icon-so much so that his image was chosen to appear on the new state quarter. But the best way to know the man who founded the Sierra Club and helped create Yosemite National Park is to read his own words. […]

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Fool’s Paradise: A Carey McWilliams Reader

“It suddenly occurred to me that, in all the world, there neither was nor would ever be another place like this City of the Angels. Here the American people were erupting, like lava from a volcano; here, indeed, was the place for me: a ringside seat at the circus.”—Carey McWilliams, in Southern California Country Carey […]

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The Harvest Gypsies: On the Road to the Grapes of Wrath

Gathered in this important volume are seven newspaper articles on migrant farm workers that John Steinbeck wrote for The San Francisco News in 1936, three years before The Grapes of Wrath. With the inquisitiveness of an investigative reporter and the emotional power of a novelist in his prime, Steinbeck toured the squatters’ camps and Hoovervilles […]

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The Journey of the Flame

On the night of his 104th birthday, Don Juan Obrigón—tall and straight, with hair still flaming red—prepares to tell his life story to assembled relatives and guests. The story he will tell describes his travels as a boy of twelve in 1810, when he accompanied the Spanish viceroy of Baja California from the southern tip […]

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Life in a California Mission: Monterey in 1786

On the afternoon of September 14, 1786, two French ships appeared off the coast of Monterey, the first foreign vessels to visit Spain’s California colonies. Aboard was a party of eminent scientists, navigators, cartographers, illustrators, and physicians. For the next ten days the commander of this expedition, Jean Francois de La Pérouse, took detailed notes […]

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Mark Twain’s San Francisco

Jumping frogs, high society, beloved San Francisco characters Emperor Norton and the stray dogs Bummer and Lazarus who followed on his heels—nothing escaped Mark Twain’s scrutiny or his acerbic wit. Editor Bernard Taper has gathered together a heady selection of newspaper articles, correspondence, poetry, and short stories that are humorous—sometimes exasperating and controversial—but always engaging. […]

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No Rooms of Their Own: Women Writers of Early California, 1849-1869

In the wild, isolated Western frontier, where laws, traditions, and living conditions were like nowhere else in America, it was a bold act for a woman to write and to seek publication. Dame Shirley, Ina Coolbrith, and Mary Hallock Foote never achieved the fame and success of Mark Twain or Bret Harte, but they were […]

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The Shirley Letters: From the California Mines, 1851-1852

The Shirley Letters, written from the mining camps in 1851 and 1852, are something valuable and rare—a portrait by a woman of an era dominated by men. They offer a vivid picture of gold rush life, from accounts of “murders, fearful accidents, bloody deaths, a mob, whippings, a hanging, an attempt at suicide, and a […]

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So Far from Home: Russians in Early California

Two hundred years ago members of the Russian American Company established Fort Ross on the desolate but plentiful shores of California, nintey miles north of San Francisco. Drawn to the area by its abundant sea otter, these new residents made a home here, raising wheat to send to their starving Alaskan colonies and trading with […]

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Spring Salmon, Hurry to Me!: The Seasons of Native California

Spring Salmon, Hurry to Me! offers a literary calendar at once ancient and yet in some ways more relevant than the markers of time we are accustomed to. Combining old-time stories and sacred myths with contemporary poems and short stories, this collection articulates the cyclical changes in the natural world that occur each year. Originally […]

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