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Bigly, Cantell A

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

Pseudonym of US author George Washington Peck (1817-1859), author of a travel book, Melbourne, and the Chincha Islands; With Sketches of Lima, and a Voyage Round the World (1854) under his own name. His novel as Bigly, Aurifodina; Or, Adventures in the Gold Region (1849; vt Aurifodina; Or, Adventures in the Gold Region: A Fantastical '49er Novel 1974), is a Lost Race Satire set in an unknown region of California – the novel is the first by a native-born American to be set in California – where an advanced Utopia is discovered by an easterner drawn west by the California Gold Rush of 1848. Gold (aurifodina means "gold mine" in Latin) is plentiful in the Utopia of Aurifodina, but little valued. [JC]

George Washington Peck

born Rehoboth, Massachusetts: 4 December 1817

died 6 June 1859


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