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The Isle of Retribution

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Title:The Isle of Retribution
Marshall, Edison   
(11 of 21 for author by title)
Little Death
The Infinite Woman
Duer, Douglas   
Published:   1923
Publisher:Little, Brown, and Company
Tags:adventure, fiction, film/TV adaptation

The story naturally falls into two parts. The first deals with a wasteful young American who is induced to take charge of a trading expedition to the Aleutian Islands. He hopes to exchange silk dresses for valuable furs. Together with him go his fiancee, his fiancee's mother and a poor but honest seamstress who is to alter the dresses for the Indian buyers. So far the tale is fantastically improbable. Then, through the hero's intemperate habits, the yacht is wrecked on a lonely island, and the younger members of the party are rescued to become the slaves of an escaped Siberian exile whose mind is diseased through his past sufferings. With almost unbelievable suddenness the hero reforms and becomes a strong man, able to cope with his captor. The descriptions of the wild scenery of the Arctic island, the fight with the wolf, the experiences of the trappers, are all well done and redeem the story from being merely commonplace.—The Goblin, Vol. III, May 1923. [Suggest a different description.]

Pages:200 Info

Author Bio for Marshall, Edison

The interestingly named Edison Tesla Marshall was born on August 28, 1894 in Rensselaer, Indiana and died on October 29, 1967 in Augusta, Georgia. He grew up in Medford, Oregon and attended the University of Oregon from 1913 to 1916. He was a novelist and short story writer, mainly of historical fiction and science fiction, and a big game hunter. His popular adventure stories appeared in Harper's Bazaar, Good Housekeeping, and Reader's Digest. He won the O. Henry Award in 1921. His novel The Isle of Retribution was made into a silent film of the same name in 1926. Other of his novels became the 1942 film, Son of Fury, with Tyrone Power, the 1954 Yankee Pasha, starring Mamie Van Doren, and in 1958, The Vikings with Kirk Douglas.

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