Rex Beach (Rex Ellingwood Beach)

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Atwood, Michigan, USA
Michigan-born Rex Beach was on his way to becoming a lawyer before the Alaska Gold Rush caught his attention and he headed there to make his fortune. Unfortunately, five years later he was still looking for it and, realizing that he wasn't going to find it in gold prospecting, he turned to writing. His first and probably best-known novel, "The Spoilers", was published in 1906 and was based on incidents that he had seen as a prospector of crooked officials swindling prospectors out of gold mines. Read more...