Bret Harte

Bret Harte (Francis Brett Harte) (härt), 1836–1902, American writer of short stories and humorous verse, b. Albany, N.Y. At 19 he went to California, where he tried his hand at teaching, clerking, and mining. In 1868 he helped establish the Overland Monthly, where his short stories and verse first appeared. He gained enormous success with the publication of "The Luck of Roaring Camp," the first of his picturesque stories of Western local color, and with such later stories as "The Outcasts of Poker Flat" and "Brown of Calaveras." Although Harte did not develop character and motivation, he had an observant eye and a brisk reportorial style. He was U.S. consul in Germany and Scotland from 1878 to 1885. The remainder of his life was spent near London.

See his letters, ed. by G. B. Harte (1926); biographies by R. O'Connor (1966) and A. Nissen (2000); M. Duckett, Mark Twain and Bret Harte (1964).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

FREE! The Luck of Roaring Camp Susy: A Story of the Plains
Bret Harte.
P. F. Collier & Son, 1892
FREE! A Sappho of Green Springs and Other Stories
Bret Harte.
Houghton, 1900
FREE! Complete Poetical Works
Bret Harte.
Collier, 1902
FREE! Sally Dows: A Phyllis of the Sierras
Bret Harte.
P. F. Collier & Son, 1893
FREE! Under the Redwoods
Bret Harte.
Houghton Mifflin Company, 1901
FREE! Three Partners
Bret Harte.
P. F. Collier & Son, 1897
FREE! Condensed Novels: And Stories
Bret Harte.
The Riverside Press, 1897
FREE! Cressy; The Twins of Table Mountain
Bret Harte.
P.F. Collier & Son Corporation, 1889
FREE! Barker's Luck: Etc.
Bret Harte.
Chatto and Windus, 1896
The Development of the American Short Story: An Historical Survey
Fred Lewis Pattee.
Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1923
Librarian’s tip: Chap. X "Bret Harte"
The Literature of the American People: An Historical and Critical Survey
Arthur Hobson Quinn.
Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1951
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 32 "Exploitation of the Provinces"
San Francisco's Literary Frontier
Franklin Dickerson Walker.
A.A. Knopf, 1939
Librarian’s tip: Chap. X "The Overland Monthly"
The Times of Melville and Whitman
Van Wyck Brooks.
E.P. Dutton Company, 1947
Librarian’s tip: Chap. XIII "San Francisco: Bret Harte"
FREE! A History of American Literature since 1870
Fred Lewis Pattee.
Century, 1915
Librarian’s tip: Chap. IV "Bret Harte"
The Frontier in American Literature
Lucy Lockwood Hazard.
Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1927
Librarian’s tip: "Bret Harte, Melodramatist" begins on p. 185
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