The Octopus

Frank NORRIS (1870 - 1902)

Frank Norris based his 1901 novel The Octopus (A Story of California) on the Mussel Slough Tragedy of 1880, a bloody conflict between ranchers and agents of the Southern Pacific Railroad. The central issue was over the ownership of the ranches, which the farmers had leased from the railroad nearly ten years earlier with intentions of eventually purchasing the land. Although originally priced at $2.50 to $5 per acre, the railroad eventually opened the land for sale at prices adjusted for land improvements; the railroad’s attempts to take possession of the land led the ranchers to defend themselves as depicted in the book. (Summary by Wikipedia and Delmar H. Dolbier)

Genre(s): General Fiction, *Non-fiction, Political Science

Language: English

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Play 01 Book I, Chapter I, Part 1 Delmar H Dolbier
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Play 09 Book I, Chapter 3, Part 1 Delmar H Dolbier
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Play 12 Book I, Chapter 4, Part 1 Delmar H Dolbier
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Play 15 Book I, Chapter 5, Part 1 Delmar H Dolbier
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Play 20 Book I, Chapter 6, Part 1 Delmar H Dolbier
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Play 25 Book I, Chapter 6, Part 6 Delmar H Dolbier
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Play 26 Book II, Chapter 1, Part 1 Delmar H Dolbier
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Play 27 Book II, Chapter 1, Part 2 Delmar H Dolbier
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Play 30 Book II, Chapter 2, Part 1 Delmar H Dolbier
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Play 35 Book II, Chapter 3, Part 1 Delmar H Dolbier
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Play 38 Book II, Chapter 4, Part 1 Delmar H Dolbier
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Play 43 Book II, Chapter 4, Part 6 Delmar H Dolbier
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Play 44 Book II, Chapter 5, Part 1 Delmar H Dolbier
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Play 45 Book II, Chapter 5, Part 2 Delmar H Dolbier
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Play 48 Book II, Chapter 6, Part 1 Delmar H Dolbier
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Play 52 Book II, Chapter 7, Part 1 Delmar H Dolbier
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Play 56 Book II, Chapter 8, Part 1 Delmar H Dolbier
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Play 62 Book II, Chapter 9, Part 1 Delmar H Dolbier
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Play 66 Conclusion Delmar H Dolbier
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