The Woman Who Lost Him and Tales of the Army Frontier. With Introduction by Ambrose Bierce.
Pasadena: George Wharton James, 1913. 8vo, 310 pp. 8 illustrations (7 photographic, including portrait of the author) on 4 plates. Tan marbled boards titled in black. A very good copy inscribed for Juanita from Viola with the bookplate of V.S. Meyer (Viola?) and the address sticker of Juanita McMillan of Mill Valley. First edition. Josephine Clifford McCracken (or McCrackin) (18391921) was a California writer and journalist, a contemporary of Bret Harte, John Muir, Ina Coolbrith, and Joaquin Miller, and an environmentalist... In 1864, Josephine met and married Army Lieutenant James A. Clifford in New Mexico. Clifford's sanity began to unravel and he confessed to his wife that he had killed a man in Texas. He threatened her, saying that if she told anyone, he would kill her too. After appealing to his superiors and making sure he was under guard, she fled to her family in San Francisco... McCracken wrote articles for Harper Brothers and for the newspapers Out West and Western Field while traveling though New Mexico and lower California, and once in San Francisco, turned full-time to her love for writing and literary pursuits. She joined the staff of the Overland Monthly as secretary in 1867. She befriended poet Ina Coolbrith, who she called one of the Golden Gate Trinity along with the other two pillars of the Overland Monthly, Bret Harte and Charles Warren Stoddard. (Wikipedia).The first 44 pages contain the first book appearance of "The Romantic History of Josephine Clifford McCrackin" by George Wharton James. (Cowan II pg. 404).
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