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Author Christopher Corbett joins the podcast today as we discuss his book The Poker Bride.
Mark Twain talks about not writing about mankind, but writing about a man and I was very interested in putting a human face on an experience that we don’t know that much about, and that is the experience of the Chinese in the West and more particularly, of Chinese concubines in the West. And that’s how I found Polly Bemis, who was and is now and probably always will be known in Idaho as 'the Poker Bride.'
. . . when you’re looking at a story like Polly Bemis’, you really have to start at the end, not at the beginning. And the reason for that is quite simply that we know a great deal about Polly Bemis, and you’ve read the book, but we know a great deal about her because of the end of her life in the 1920s and ‘30s.
John M. Barry
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