The Pooles of Pismo Bay (cloth)
  • Author: Rose, Howard
  • Binding: Clothbound
  • Pages: 412
  • Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/2"
  • Pub. Year: 1990
  • ISBN: 1-878352-04-0
  • In Stock: Yes
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This richly detailed novel introduces Reuben Poole, labor organizer and idealist. It is a saga of the end of the International Workers of the World movement in the U.S. as seen through the Poole family in the 1930s; its failed aspirations are described through the characters of two warring women. Cora Elliot Poole is a short-fused 70-year-old ex-Wobbly leader in self-imposed exile from politics. By contrast, Reuben's wife, Roselle, is a self-styled princess. And Reuben himself is a rabble-rouser. Cora and Roselle struggle for his soul and heart, and his idealism.

Volume One of The False Messiah Trilogy.


"A secret masterpiece. ...Here is a book that alternately upholds the bourgeoisie as the end-all, and as infernally corrupt; the lumpen-proletariat as worthless pawns of revolutionaries..., and simultaneously the only people worth saving; religiosity and atheism as virtually interchangeable; the American labor movement as a scam of the owners and also as an uplifting force; and the Wobbly cause itself as a worthy melange of transcendence, idiocy, nobility, thoughtlessness and compassion."
-- Hudson Valley Literary Supplement

Howard Rose was born in Chicago in 1922. He received a fine arts degree from the Art Institute of Chicago, and, after military service during World War II, he moved to New York City where he worked for the Alan, Downtown, and Kennedy galleries. In addition to art criticism, Howard Rose was...


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