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Bret

Bret

[bret]
Harte, Bret (Francis Brett Harte), 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).

orig. Francis Brett Harte

Harte

(born Aug. 25, 1836, Albany, N.Y., U.S.—died May 5, 1902, London, Eng.) U.S. writer. He briefly experienced camp life in California mining country before becoming a newspaper and periodical editor and writer. His works, which helped create the local-colour school in American fiction, include the short stories “The Luck of Roaring Camp” (1868) and “The Outcasts of Poker Flat” (1869), the poem “The Heathen Chinee” (1870), and the play Ah Sin (1877; with Mark Twain). In an era when the West was a popular subject, these works made him internationally famous. His writing slumped in the 1870s, and he accepted consulships in Europe, never returning to the U.S.

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orig. Francis Brett Harte

Harte

(born Aug. 25, 1836, Albany, N.Y., U.S.—died May 5, 1902, London, Eng.) U.S. writer. He briefly experienced camp life in California mining country before becoming a newspaper and periodical editor and writer. His works, which helped create the local-colour school in American fiction, include the short stories “The Luck of Roaring Camp” (1868) and “The Outcasts of Poker Flat” (1869), the poem “The Heathen Chinee” (1870), and the play Ah Sin (1877; with Mark Twain). In an era when the West was a popular subject, these works made him internationally famous. His writing slumped in the 1870s, and he accepted consulships in Europe, never returning to the U.S.

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