Dr. Lawrence Berkove is Professor Emeritus of American Studies at the University of Michigan–Dearborn. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author/editor of The Sagebrush Anthology: Literature from the Silver Age of the Old West (University of Missouri Press, 2006), The Best Short Stories of Mark Twain (Modern Library, 2004), and A Prescription for Adversity: The Moral Art of Ambrose Bierce (Ohio State University Press, 2002). Dr. Berkove has also written many essays and articles which have appeared in American History Through Literature, A Companion to Mark Twain, American Literary Realism and Mark Twain Journal.2007 0-7734-5411-X
This two-volume work includes the “Bye-the-Bye” columns that were published in The Nevada Mining News in the years 1908-1909. This featured column was devoted to a series of historical memoirs primarily about the Comstock Lode of the 1860s to 1880s. The columns provide a fascinating glimpse into this era during which the first major mining enterprise in Nevada occurred and shed light on a number of the personalities of that time, including John Mackay. The editor has framed these materials through an excellent introduction, explanatory annotation, supplementary appendices, a thorough bibliography, and index.