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Early American Fiction Collection

EAF Author: Bret Harte (1836-1902)

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Bret Harte was born in Albany, New York, but headed west to California at age 18. In California he found literary success. As editor of the Overland Monthly, he commissioned pieces by Mark Twain, and Harte's own book The Luck of Roaring Camp and Other Sketches enjoeyd great popularity. Eventually, Harte moved back east again, but couldn't match his early western successes. Harte spent his later years as a diplomat, and eventually settled in London.

Contemporary Biographies

From Oscar Fay Adams, A Dictionary of American Authors (1901)

From Samuel Austin Allibone, A Critical Dictionary of English Literature (1900)