By Arthur D. Howden Smith
"What in the world are these, Jacob?" Sarah demanded while she occurred in in the course of the afternoon.
"Der end result of our East India pass," he replied, his deep-set eyes twinkling merrily.
"Fifty-five t'ousan' dollar."
"Jacob!" she gasped.
And good she may. It was once as wealthy a coup as he ever achieved.
-from "Fur and Tea"
New Yorkers cannot break out the identify Astor: it graces theaters, inns, highway names, or even a whole Queens local.
This pleasant biography of the "landlord of recent York" explains how John Jacob Astor, who arrived within the urban a terrible immigrant in 1784, created this type of fortune-in actual property, fur, and alternate with China-not just for himself yet for the town and kingdom round him that his effect couldn't be denied.
Author Arthur D. Howden Smith was once, within the early years of the twentieth century, a vastly renowned writer of pulp fiction on a par with E.E. "Doc" Smith and Edgar Rice Burroughs.
And a similar boisterous enthusiasm that made his experience stories of pirates and Vikings so riproaring readable bursts forth from this vintage biography as well.
Also on hand from Cosimo Classics: Howden Smith's Commodore Vanderbilt: An Epic of yank Achievement.
ARTHUR DOUGLAS HOWDEN SMITH (1887-1945) was once an drastically prolific and numerous author, penning quite a few brief tales, biographies, and enterprise experiences, yet he's most sensible remembered for his many pulp novels, together with Porto Bello Gold (a prequel to Treasure Island), The useless cross Overside, The Doom path, Swain's Saga, and others.
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