Francis Bret Harte (1837 – 1902) was an American author and poet, best remembered for his accounts of pioneering life in California.
Born in Albany, New York, he moved to California in 1853, later working there in a number of capacities, including miner, teacher, messenger, and journalist. He spent part of his life in the northern California coast town now known as Arcata, then just a mining camp on Humboldt Bay.
His first literary efforts, including poetry and prose, appeared in The Californian, an early literary journal. In 1868 he became editor of The Overland Monthly, another new literary magazine, but this one more in tune with the pioneering spirit of excitement in California. His story, "The Luck of Roaring Camp," appeared in the magazine's second edition, propelling Harte to nationwide fame.
In 1878 Harte was appointed to the position of United States Consul in the town of Krefeld, Germany and then to Glasgow in 1880. In 1885 he settled in London. During the thirty years he spent in Europe, he never abandoned writing, and maintained a prodigious output of stories that retained the freshness of his earlier work. He died in England in 1902 of throat cancer and is buried at Frimley.
In 1987 he appeared on a $5 U.S. Postage stamp, as part of the "Great Americans" Series of issues
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From LibriVox:1. Selected Stories:
- 00 Intro
- o1 The Luck of the Roaring Camp
- 02 The Outcast of Poker Flat
- 03 Miggles
- 04 Tennessee's Partner
- 05 The Idyle of Red Gulch
- 06 Brown of Calavares
- 07 High Water Mark
- 08 A Lonly Ride
- 09 The Man of No Account
- 10 Mliss
- 11 The Right Eye of the Commander
- 12 Notes by Flood and Field
- 13 An Episode of Fiddletown
- 14 Barker's Luck
- 15 A Yellow Dog
- 16 A Mother of Five
- 17 Bulger's Reputation
- 18 In the Tules
- 19 A Convert of the Mission
- 20 The Indiscretion of Elsbeth
- 21 The Devotion of Enriquez
13 - Mission Dolores14 - John Chinaman15 - From a Back Window16 - Boonder