Biography: American Rex Ellingwood Beach (1877-1949) started life in Atwood Michigan, and grew up intending to be a lawyer. Instead he turned to prospecting for gold, writing novels and plays, and playing Olympic water polo. His first novel was a huge success in 1906. Called The Spoilers, it told the story of government corruption in gold mining, which he had witnessed firsthand. Beach is known for his popular adventure novels such as The Silver Horde (1909) and Rainbow's End (1916).

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