THE GOLDEN ERA
DURING the sixties the Golden Era continued to be the most important, if not the most pretentious literary journal published in San Francisco. Just as it had outlived the Pioneer, the Wide-West, the Hesperian, and Hutching's Illustrated California Magazine, it was to prove of tougher fiber than the Californian, Puck, or the first Overland Monthly. Its occasional engravings appeared crude beside the colored fashion plates imported by the Hesperian directly from New York; the paper upon which it was printed was scratch-pad compared to the elegant sheet of the Californian; and at no time did its contents pretend to the literary finish of the Overland Monthly, which could easily be taken for one of the best Eastern magazines. One of the virtues of the Golden Era was that it could not easily be taken for another magazine; in its earthiness, its informality, its naïveté; in its "puffs," its sensation novels, and its advice to unfledged poets, it was distinctively a product of the frontier, not sufficiently concerned with imitation to lose its character. Its indigenous nature gave it strength. Although "M'liss" was perhaps the only item appearing in its pages to gain more than local fame, it did more to develop writers on the
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Publication information: Book title: San Francisco's Literary Frontier. Contributors: Franklin Dickerson Walker - Author. Publisher: A.A. Knopf. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1939. Page number: 116.
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