Noted Authors

June 06, 1999

Bret Harte

(1836-1902)

Harte began his career writing sketches but gained wide public notice with his short stories. He helped launch the Californian and he edited the Overland Monthly.

A collection of his writings titled "The Luck of Roaring Camp and Other Stories" was published in 1870.

Harte's characters used a dialect that Mark Twain described as "no one on heaven or earth had ever used till Harte invented it."

Harte helped make San Francisco the literary capital of the West.

-- Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia of Literature

Pub Date: 06/06/99

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