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About the Author: Robert W. Service

Robert William Service was born into a Scottish family while they were living in Preston, England. He was schooled in Scotland, attending Hillhead High School in Glasgow. He moved to Canada at the age of 21 when he gave up his job working in a Glasgow bank, and traveled to Vancouver Island, British Columbia with his Buffalo Bill outfit and dreams of becoming a cowboy.

He drifted around western North America, taking and quitting a series of jobs. Hired by the Canadian Bank of Commerce, he worked in a number of its branches before being posted to the branch in Whitehorse (not Dawson) in the Yukon Territory in 1904, six years after the Klondike Gold Rush. Inspired by the vast beauty of the Yukon wilderness, Service began writing poetry about the things he saw.

Conversations with locals led him to write about things he hadn't seen, many of which hadn't actually happened, as well. He did not set foot in Dawson City until 1908, arriving in the Klondike ten years after the Gold Rush, but his renown as a writer was already established.

For more information, please see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_W._Service.


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Paperback, Published in May 2008 by Aegypan

ISBN10: 1606641174 | ISBN13: 9781606641170

Page count: 304

The riveting tale of the trials and tribulations of the countless people who risked everything to join in the Klondike gold rush of the late 1890s. Coming from all over the country, the fortune seekers gather in San Francisco and board a ship for Alaska, unaware of the many hardships that they will face out in the unforgiving wilderness, such as blizzards, floods and fires.

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