Paper pub. date
January 1992
ISBN 9780870713835 (paperback)
5-1/2 x 8-3/4 inches, 313 pages. Bibliography. Index.
Now back in print!

Wildmen, Wobblies & Whistle Punks

Stewart Holbrook's Lowbrow Northwest

Brian Booth and Stewart Holbrook

Stewart Holbrook — high-school dropout, logger, journalist, storyteller, and historian — was one of the best-loved figures in the Pacific Northwest during the two decades preceding his death in 1964. This anthology collects two dozen of his best pieces about his adopted home, the Pacific Northwest.

Holbrook believed in "lowbrow or non-stuffed shirt history." Holbrook's lowbrow Northwest ranges from British Columbia logging camps to Oregon ranches, and is peopled with fascinating characters like Liverpool Liz of the old Portland waterfront, the over-sexed prophet Joshua II of the Church of the Brides of Christ in Corvallis, and Arthur Boose, the last Wobbly paper boy. Here are stories of forgotten scandals and crimes, forest fires, floods, and other catastrophes, stories of workers, underdogs, scoundrels, dreamers, and fanatics, stories that bring the past to life.

About the author

Like H. L. Davis, Brian Booth was a native of Douglas County, Oregon. He was the founder of the Oregon Institute of Literary Arts (now Literary Arts) and the editor of Wildmen, Wobblies, and Whistle Punks: Stewart Holbrook’s Lowbrow Northwest as well as co-editor of Davis Country. He practiced law in Portland, Oregon.

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Stewart Holbrook was born in Vermont in 1893 and came to the Northwest in 1920. After working as a logger, he moved in 1923 to Portland and spent the rest of his life writing. He was a fast and productive writer, regularly turning out 3,000 to 5,000 words a day. He wrote for the Oregonian newspaper, as well as articles for magazines ranging from the New Yorker to Startling Detective. He also wrote, co-authored, and edited over three dozen books. His first book, Holy Old Mackinaw: A Natural History of the American Lumberjack, was published in 1938, and it made him a national figure.

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An Introduction to Stewart Holbrook

Death and times of a Prophet

Daylight in the Swamp

The Affair at Copperfield

Cargoes of Maidens

Anarchists at Home

The Wildest Man of the West

Fire in the Bush

The Three Sirens of Portland

The Cattle King

The Original Nature Man

The Wobblies Come

The Great Tillamook Fire

Saloon in the Timber

Bunco Kelly, King of the Crimps

Opal the Understanding Heart

The Legend of Jim Hill

Erickson's Elbow Bending for Giants

The Gorse of Bandon

Whistle Punks

Harry Tracy: "King of Western Robbers"

Disaster in June

The Aurora Communists

First Bomb

The Great Homestead Murders

Lumberjacks' Saturday Night

The Last of the Wobblies

Additional Reading

Editor's Note


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