Luck of Roaring Camp and Other Writings

ISBN-10: 014043917X
ISBN-13: 9780140439175
Edition: 2001
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Bret Harte's birth year is variously given as 1836 and 1839, and his tombstone bears the date 1837. He is remembered especially for his two short stories, "The Luck of Roaring Camp" (1868) and "The Outcasts of Poker Flat" (1870), both achievements in local color. The former is the story of an orphaned baby adopted by the men in a gold-rush-era mining camp; it was dramatized by Dion Boucicault in 1894. The latter is a tale about four undesirables expelled from a mining camp and their losing battle against a blizzard. Although he was born in the East and lived there and in Europe most of his life, Harte's 17 years of residence in California have associated him most closely with that state, and the scenes of all his successful stories are set in the West. His contemporary sketches of life in San Francisco during the 1860s, written with Mark Twain, were first collected in book form as Sketches of the Sixties (1926). When he went east again to settle in Boston in 1871, his talent seems to have deserted him. Much of his later life was spent in England. Today, his formerly out-of-print stories are available in reprint versions from Ayer Publishers.

Introduction
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Texts
Stories
"The Legend of Monte del Diablo"
"The Luck of Roaring Camp"
"The Outcasts of Poker Flat"
"Miggles"
"Tennessee's Partner"
"The Idyl of Red Gulch"
"Brown of Calaveras"
"Mr. Thompson's Prodigal"
"The Iliad of Sandy Bar"
"The Poet of Sierra Flat"
"How Santa Claus Came to Simpson's Bar"
"Wan Lee, the Pagan"
"An Ingenue of the Sierras"
"Three Vagabonds of Trinidad"
"A Pupil of Chestnut Ridge"
Condensed Novels
"Muck-a-Muck"
"The Haunted Man"
"The Stolen Cigar Case"
Poetry
"To the Pliocene Skull"
"The Society Upon the Stanislaus"
"Plain Language from Truthful James"
"Dickens in Camp"
"That Ebrew Jew"
"Free Silver at Angel's"
Essays
"The Argonauts of '49"
"The Rise of the 'Short Story'"
"How I Went to the Mines"
"Bohemian Days in San Francisco"
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