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Dan De Quille
Nevada Writers Hall of Fame 1994

Photo: Dan De Quille Dan De Quille a.k.a. William Wright (1829-1898) was lured to the Comstock in 1857 and became Nevada's most popular writer in the 19th Century. He was a prolific and versatile story-teller and journalist best known for The Big Bonanza (1876). He was also a correspondent for a variety of popular newspapers and magazines, and is still considered the founder of the style used by present-day columnists.

Biographers Richard Dwyer and Richard Lindenfelter say De Quille "captured for posterity much of the spirit of the western mines." As the editor of Virginia City's Territorial Enterprise off and on again for more than 30 years, one of his employees was young Samuel Clemens a.k.a. Mark Twain, whose two years on the Enterprise, under De Quille's tutelage, was the turning point in Mark Twain's life. Twain said of De Quille that "the first big compliment I ever received was that I was 'almost worthy to write in the same column with Dan De Quille.'"

Bibliography for Dan De Quille

Fiction:

Berkove, Lawrence I., ed. Dives and Lazarus:Their Wanderings and Adventures in the Infernal Regions. Ann Arbor, MI: Ardis, 1988. [Available: Knowledge Center, Special Collections: PS 1525 .D35 D5 1988]

Berkove, Lawrence I., ed. The Fighting Horse of the Stanislaus: Stories and Essays. Iowa City, IA: Univ. of Iowa Press, 1990. [Available: Knowledge Center: PS 1525 .D35 A6 1990]

Berkove, Lawrence I., ed. The Gnomes of the Dead Rivers. Sparks, NV: Falcon Hill Press, 1990. [Available: Knowledge Center, Special Collections: PS 1525 .D35 G56 1990]

Berkove, Lawrence I., ed. The Sorceress of Attu. MI: Univ. of Michigan-Dearborn, 1994. [Available: Knowledge Center: F 591 .A1 W36 1977]

"Bib Bill Scuffles, or The Fight at Foster's Bar." The Nevada Monthly (March 1880) [Available: Knowledge Center, Research Microfilm: Microfilm N793; Special Collections: TN 121 .N48]

"Lorenzo Dow's Miracle." San Francisco Examiner (Feb. 12, 1893)  [a tall tale]

"on Seven Nimrods of the Sierras." Overland Monthly and Out West Magazine. (January 1888) Vol. 11, no. 61, 2nd series; p. 60.

Nonfiction:

"An American Miner in Mexico, Part I." Overland Monthly and Out West Magazine. (Jan. 1890) Vol. 15, no. 85; p. 34.

"An American Miner in Mexico, Part II." Overland Monthly and Out West Magazine. (Feb. 1890) Vol. 15, no. 86; p. 145.

"The Eagle's Nest." Overland Monthly and Out West Magazine. (1891) Vol. 17, no. 101, 2nd series; p. 535.

"Fun and Frolic." in Glotfelty, Cheryll, ed. Literary Nevada: Writings from the Silver State. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2008. [Available: Knowledge Center, Special Collections]

History of the Big Bonanza: An Authentic Account of the Discovery, History, and Working of the World Renowned Comstock Silver Lode of Nevada. Hartford, CT: American, 1876. [Available: Knowledge Center, Special Collections: TN 413 .N25 W8 1947]  ~ later title: The Big Bonanza

A History of the Comstock Silver Lode & Mines, Nevada and the Great Basin Region; Lake Tahoe and the High Sierras. Virginia City, NV: F. Boegle, 1889. [Available: Knowledge Center, Special Collections: TN 413 .N25 W9; also at: WNC-Carson City campus]

Lingenfelter, Richard E., ed. Washoe Rambles. Los Angeles: Westernlore, 1963. (Great West and Indian Series, 23) [Available: Knowledge Center, Special Collections: F 841 .W76 1963]

Little Lucy's Papa: A Story of Silverland. Sparks, NV: Falcon Hill, 1987. [Available: Knowledge Center, Special Collections: F 849 .V8 D395 1987]

"Little Lucy's Papa: A Story of Silverland" in Golden Era. San Francisco, Calif., (July 17, 1864)

"'Odd Sticks' of Ohio." Daily Tribune. Salt Lake City (January 20, 1889)

"on Artemus Ward in Nevada." Californian Illustrated Magazine. (1893) Vol. 4, p. 403.

"on perils of the High Sierras." Overland Monthly and Out West Magazine. (1887) Vol. 9, no. 51, 2nd series; p. 311.

"on Peter Crow among the witches." Californian Illustrated Magazine. (1893) Vol. 3, p. 643.

"on reporting with Mark Twain." Californian Illustrated Magazine. (1893) Vol. 4, p. 170.

"Rev. Olympus Jump: S. F. Examiner." Current Literature. (June 1889) Vol. 2, no. 6; p. 486.

Silver Walled Palace. Sparks, NV: Falcon Hill, 1981. [Available: Knowledge Center, Special Collections: F 849 .V8 D4; and at Great Basin Clg., Elko]

Snow-Shoe Thompson, 1856-1876. Los Angeles: Glen Dawson, 1954. (Early California Travels Series, 21). [Available: Knowledge Center, Special Collections: F 856 .E174 v. 21]

"Snow-Shoe Thompson, 1856-1876." Overland Monthly and Out West Magazine (October 1886) Vol. 8, no. 46; p. 419.

"The Stone Elephant of Inyo." Overland Monthly and Out West Magazine. (August 1889) Vol. 14, no. 80, 2nd series; p. 3.

"Trailing a Lost Child." Palimpsest. (1988) Vol. 69, no. 3; pp. 124-131. (reprint of an 1892 article)

"Underground Business Arrangements." in Glotfelty, Cheryll, ed. Literary Nevada: Writings from the Silver State. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2008. [Available: Knowledge Center, Special Collections]

"Washoe Rambles." Golden Era. (1861)

The Wonders of Nevada: Where They Are and How to Get to Them. Virginia City, NV: Enterprise Printing House, 1878.

Biographical Sources & Critical Response:

Berkove, Lawrence I. "Dan De Quille." in American National Biography Online.

Berkove, Lawrence I. "Dan De Quille and Roughing It: Borrowings and Influence." Nevada Historical Society Quarterly. (1994) Vol. 37, no. 1; pp. 52-57.

Berkove, Lawrence I. "Dan De Quille's Narratives of Ohio: Lorenzo Dow's Miracle." Northwest Ohio Quarterly (1988) Vol. 60, no. 2; pp. 47-56.

Berkove, Lawrence I. "Dan De Quille's Narratives of Ohio: 'Oddsticks'." Northwest Ohio Quarterly (1990) Vol. 62, no. 3-4; pp. 54-64.

Berkove, Lawrence I. "Free Silver and Jews: The Change in Dan De Quille." American Jewish Archives. (1989) Vol. 41, no. 1; pp. 43-51.

Berkove, Lawrence, I. "Iowa Pioneers Find a Lost Child: A Dan De Quille Memoir." Palimpsest. (1988) Vol. 69, no. 3; pp. 120-123.

Berkove, Lawrence I. "The Literary Journalism of Dan De Quille." Nevada Historical Society Quarterly. (1985) Vol. 28, no. 4; pp. 249-261.

Berkove, L. I. "'The Sport's Dream': a Dan De Quille Lesson." Thalia: Studies in Literary Humor. (1996) Vol. 16, no. 1-2; pp. 64-68.

Berkove, Lawrence I. "Dan De Quille" in Dictionary of Literary Biography. Vol. 186, pp. 79-86. PA: Gale Group, 1997. [online via Gale Literature Resource Center database]

Berkove, Lawrence I. Dan De Quille. Boise, ID: Boise State Univ., 1999. (Boise State University Western Writers Series, no. 136) [Available: Knowledge Center, Special Collections: PS 128 .B6 no. 136]

Bjork, Kenneth. "'Snowshoe' Thompson: Fact and Legend." Norwegian-American Studies and Records. (1956) Vol. 19, pp. 62-88.

Boeser, Linda. "Two Comstock Journalists: Samuel L. Cloemens and William L. Wright as Reporters and Authors." Missouri Historical Review. (1965) Vol. 59, no. 4; pp. 428-438.

Clark, Robert Morse. "Dan De Quille, the Washoe Giant: A Biography and Anthology (review)." Montana. (Spring 1992) Vol. 42, pp. 81, 83.

Cobb, Ty. "Who Was Alf Doten?" Nevada State Journal (April 20, 1975): p. 9.

Daehnke, Joel. In the Work of Their Hands is Their Prayer: Cultural Narrative and Redemption on the American Frontiers, 1830-1930. Athens, OH: Ohio Univ. Press, 2003. [Available: Knowledge Center: PS 169 .F7 D34 2003]

"Dan De Quille." Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia of American Literature. 1991, p. 253. [online via Gale Literature Resource Center database]

De Quille, Dan. Papers, 1877-1887. [Available: Knowledge Center, Special Collections: NC55]

Dwyer, Richard A. and Richard E. Lingenfelter, eds. Dan De Quille, the Washoe Giant: A Biography and Anthology. Reno, NV: Univ. of Nevada Press, 1990. [Available: Knowledge Center: PS 1525 .D35 .D8 1990; and at Great Basin Clg., Elko; WNC, Carson City & Fallon campuses]

Ehrlich, Eugene and Carruth, Gorton. The Oxford Illustrated Literary Guide to the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, 1982. [Available: Knowledge Center: PS 141 .E74 1982]

Emrich, Duncan. Comstock Bonanza: Western Americana of J. Ross Browne, Mark Twain, Sam Davis, Bret Harte, James W. Gally, Dan de Quille, Joseph T. Goodman [and] Fred Hart. NY: Vanguard, 1950. [Available: Knowledge Center: F 842 .E5 1950]

Gale, Steven H., ed. "Dan De Quille [William Wright]." in Encyclopedia of American Humorists. NY: Garland, 1988. pp. 119-121.

Lee, Judith Yaross. "(Pseudo-) Scientific Humor." in American Literature and Science. Univ. Press of Kentucky, 1992; pp. 128-156.  [Available: Knowledge Center: PS 169 .S413 A8 1992]

Lillard, Richard G. "Dan De Quille, Comstock Reporter and Humorist." The Pacific Historical Review. Vol. 13, no. 3 (Sep., 1944), pp. 251-259. [Available: Knowledge Center: F 851 .P18 Vol. 13 1944 and online via JSTOR for UNR-affiliates, only]

Lyon, William H. "Dan De Quille, the Washoe Giant: A Biography and Anthology (review)." Utah Historical Quarterly (Spring 1991) Vol. 59; pp. 209-210.

Rankin, Charles E. "Dan De Quille, the Washoe Giant: A Biography and Anthology (review)." New Mexico Historical Review. (Oct. 1991) Vol. 66, pp. 464-466.

Rankin, Charles E. "The Fighting Horse of the Stanislaus: Stories and Essays by Dan De Quille (review)." Montana. (Spring 1992) Vol. 42, pp. 83-85.

Rawls, James J., ed. Dan De Quille of the Big Bonanza. San Francisco: Book Club of California, 1980. [Available: Knowledge Center, Special Collections: F 841.6 .D4]

Remley, David. "Dan De Quille, the Washoe Giant: A Biography and Anthology (review)." Journal of the West (Jan. 1993) Vol. 32, pp. 86-87.

Rocha, Guy. "2 enterprising papers preceded Territorial." Reno Gazette-Journal (December 10, 2006), p. B9.

Shepperson, Wilbur S. Mirage-Land: Images of Nevada. Reno: Univ. of Nevada Press, 1992. [Available: Knowledge Center: F 841 .S54 1992; and at Great Basin Clg., Elko; Western NV Community Clg., Carson City & Fallon campuses]

Shinn, Milicent Washburn. "Some Conditions in the Eighties." Overland Monthly and Out West Magazine. (July 1898) Vol. XXXII, no. 187; p. 66.

Smith, Grant H. The History of the Comstock Lode, 1850-1997. Reno: NV Bureau of Mines and Geology, 1998. [Available: Knowledge Center: TN 413 .N2 S55 1998; and at Great Basin Clg., Elko]

Wright, William (correspondence). [Available: Univ. of Virginia, Alderman Library, Special Collections: NIDS Fiche Number 4.19.1453] see entry in Archives USA database

Wright, William (Papers). [Available: Univ. of CA, Berkeley, The Bancroft Library: MS 65-1185] see entry in Archives USA database

Wright, William (Papers). [Available: Univ. of Nevada, Reno; Knowledge Center, Special Collections] see entry in Archives USA database.

Please direct questions about this bibliography to Betty Glass