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About the Author: James Oliver Curwood

Born in Owosso, Michigan he left high school without graduating but was able to pass the entrance exams to the University of Michigan where he studied journalism. In 1900, Curwood sold his first story while working for the Detroit News-Tribune. By 1909 he had saved enough money to travel to the Canadian northwest, a trip that provided the inspiration for his wilderness adventure stories. The success of his novels afforded him the opportunity to return to the Yukon and Alaska for several months each year that allowed him to write more than thirty such books.

By 1922, Curwood's writings had made him a very wealthy man and he fulfilled a childhood fantasy by building Curwood Castle in Owosso. Constructed in the style of an 18th century French chateau, the estate overlooked the Shiawassee River. In one of the home's two large turrets, Curwood set up his writing studio. Curwood also owned a camp in a remote area in Baraga County, Michigan, near the Huron Mountains.

An advocate of environmentalism, Curwood was appointed to the Michigan Conservation Commission in 1926. The following year, while on a Florida fishing trip, Curwood was bitten on the thigh by what was believed to have been a spider and had an immediate allergic reaction. Health problems related to the bite escalated over the next few months and infection set in that led to his death from blood poisoning.

Interred in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Owosso, his Curwood Castle is now a museum. During the first full weekend in June of each year, the city of Owosso holds the Curwood Festival to celebrate the city's heritage . Also in his honor, a mountain in L'Anse Township, Michigan was given the name Mount Curwood, and the L'Anse Township Park was renamed Curwood Park.



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Volume 3-Isobel: A Romance of the Northern Trail & the Golden Snare by

Paperback, Published in Jun 2010 by Leonaur Ltd

ISBN10: 0857060953 | ISBN13: 9780857060952

Page count: 296

The penultimate volume of Curwood's famous Mountie stories
In Curwood, the famous 'Mounties' had possibly their first and most enthusiastic champion and author of their adventures of fiction and legend. The image of the lone policeman out in the Canadian wilderness enduring every force nature could hurl against him and yet still resolutely and infallibly 'getting his man' was never more powerful than in the pages of Curwood's stories. His inspiration came from a time before 'The Royal Canadian Mounted Police', when the force was titled, 'The North West Mounted Police' and of course this meant the adventures are set in an earlier era-the Canada of the 19th century-where the untamed land was sparsely populated with untamed men and the tribes of indigenous Indians that might yet be hostile. These men were policemen, trappers, trackers, rangers, part lawman, part soldier-often imagined in their distinctive scarlet uniform-in fact the very stuff which has evoked true adventure in the minds of those aged from 8 to 80! This book, the third volume of Curwood's epic tales of the early days of the iconic 'Mounties, ' includes 'Isobel: A Romance of the Northern Trail' and 'The Golden Snare.' Available in soft back and hard back with dust cover for collectors. Leonaur hard covers feature real cloth bindings, gold foil lettering upon their spines and woven head and tail bands.

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