Robert W. Service: Best Tales of the Yukon

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In 1904, the Canadian Bank of Commerce transferred teller Robert W. Service to the Yukon Territory. Soon, he was famous as the poet who chronicled the Klondike gold rush and the savage beauty of the frozen north. His tales of hard-bitten propectors and sourdoughs in "The Land God Forgot" make vivid, exciting reading. Here are all the brawling, colorful characters that Service immortalized, including One-Eyed Mike, Dangerous Dan McGrew, Pious Pete, Blasphemous Bill — and, of ...

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Overview

In 1904, the Canadian Bank of Commerce transferred teller Robert W. Service to the Yukon Territory. Soon, he was famous as the poet who chronicled the Klondike gold rush and the savage beauty of the frozen north. His tales of hard-bitten propectors and sourdoughs in "The Land God Forgot" make vivid, exciting reading. Here are all the brawling, colorful characters that Service immortalized, including One-Eyed Mike, Dangerous Dan McGrew, Pious Pete, Blasphemous Bill — and, of course, the lady known as Lou.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762414598
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/8/2003
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 278,634
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Table of Contents

Publisher's Preface ix
L'Envoi [1907] (You who have lived in the land ...) 11
To the Man of the High North (My rhymes are rough, and often in my rhyming ...) 13
The Men That Don't Fit in (There's a race of men that don't fit in ...) 14
The Rhyme of the Restless Ones (We couldn't sit and study for the law ...) 16
The Younger Son (If you leave the gloom of London and you seek a glowing land ...) 18
The Three Voices (The waves have a story to tell me ...) 21
The Call of the Wild (Have you gazed on naked grandeur where there's nothing else to gaze on ..?) 23
The Song of the Mouth-Organ (I'm a homely little bit of tin and bone ...) 25
The Trail of 'Ninety-Eight (Gold! We leapt from our benches. Gold! We sprang from our stools ...) 28
The Land God Forgot (The lonely sunsets flare forlorn ...) 35
The Ballad of the Northern Lights (One of the Down and Out--that's me. Stare at me well, aye, stare!) 36
Comfort (Say! You've struck a heap of trouble ...) 46
The Ballad of Gum-Boot Ben (He was an old prospector with a vision bleared and dim ...) 47
The Low-Down White (This is the pay-day up at the mines, when the bearded brutes come down ...) 50
The Man from Eldorado (He's the man from Eldorado, and he's just arrived in town ...) 52
The Reckoning (It's fine to have a blow-out in a fancy restaurant ...) 56
The Shooting of Dan McGrew (A bunch of the boys were whooping it up in the Malamute saloon ...) 57
The Harpy (There was a woman, and she was wise; woefully wise was she ...) 61
The Ballad of the Black Fox Skin (There was Claw-fingered Kitty and Windy Ike living the life of shame ...) 64
The Ballad of One-Eyed Mike (This is the tale that was told to me by the man with the crystal eye ...) 71
The Pines (We sleep in the sleep of ages, the bleak, barbarian pines ...) 75
The Wood-Cutter (The sky is like an envelope ...) 77
The Telegraph Operator (I will not wash my face ...) 80
The Ballad of Pious Pete (I tried to refine that neighbor of mine, honest to God, I did ...) 83
The Lone Trail (Ye who know the Lone Trail fain would follow it ...) 88
The Song of the Wage-Slave (When the long, long day is over, and the Big Boss gives me my pay ...) 90
The Prospector (I strolled up old Bonanza, where I staked in 'Ninety-Eight ...) 93
My Friends (The man above was a murderer, the man below was a thief ...) 97
The Black Sheep (Hark to the ewe that bore him ...) 100
Clancy of The Mounted Police (In the little Crimson Manual it's written plain and clear ...) 103
Music in the Bush (O'er the dark pines she sees the silver moon ...) 110
The Ballad of Hard-Luck Henry (Now wouldn't you expect to find a man an awful crank ..?) 112
The Lure of Little Voices (There's a cry from out the loneliness--oh, listen, Honey, listen!) 116
Premonition (Twas a year ago and the moon was bright ...) 118
The Spell of the Yukon (I wanted the gold, and I sought it ...) 119
Men of the High North (Men of the High North, the wild sky is blazing ...) 122
The Rhyrne of the Remittance Man (There's a four-pronged buck a-swinging in the shadow of my cabin ...) 124
The Cremation of Sam McGee (There are strange things done in the midnight sun ...) 126
The Ballad of Blasphemous Bill (I took a contract to bury the body of blasphemous Bill MacKie ...) 130
The Tramps (Can you recall, dear comrade, when we tramped God's land together ..?) 135
Grin (If you're up against a bruiser and you're getting knocked about ...) 136
The Heart of the Sourdough (There, where the mighty mountains bare their fangs unto the moon ...) 138
The Little Old Log Cabin (When a man gits on his uppers in a hard-pan sort of town ...) 140
The Parson's Son (This is the song of the parson's son, as he squats in his shack alone ...) 142
The Law of the Yukon (This is the Law of the Yukon, and ever she makes it plain ...) 145
Lost (Black is the sky, but the land is white ...) 150
L'Envoi [1909] (We talked of yesteryears, of trails and treasure ...) 155
Glossary 157
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2006

    Great Robert Service Collection

    This is a great collection of Robert Service's work. Service paints a portrait of the Yukon that is at once brutal and beautiful. I highly recommend this book.

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