Bret Harte

Bret Harte in 1872

Francis Bret Harte (August 25, 1836 – May 5, 1902) was an American short story writer and poet, best remembered for his short fiction featuring miners, gamblers, and other romantic figures of the California Gold Rush. In a career spanning more than four decades, he wrote poetry, plays, lectures, book reviews, editorials, and magazine sketches in addition to fiction. As he moved from California to the eastern U.S. to Europe, he incorporated new subjects and characters into his stories, but his Gold Rush tales have been most often reprinted, adapted, and admired. (Information from Wikipedia)

Articles in Western American Literature:

Heterochronic West: Temporal Multiplicity in Bret Harte’s Regional Writing, by Ryan Wander

The Argonauts of ’49: Class, Gender, and Partnership in Bret Harte’s West, by Matthew A. Watson

The Lady from Shanghai: California Orientalism and “guys like us,” by Michael Davidson

Bret Harte: Celebrity, Commodity–New Views of an Old Western Mythmaker, by Tara Penry

A Coda to the Twain-Harte Feud, by Gary Scharnhorst

John of the Mines: Muir’s Picturesque Rewrite of the Gold Rush, by Nicolas Witschi

McTeague as Metafiction?: Frank Norris’ Parodies of Bret Harte and the Dime Novel, by William J. Hug

Bret Harte and the Power of Sex, by Jeffrey F. Thomas

Jack Hamlin: Bret Harte’s Romantic Rogue, by Roscoe L. Buckland

Bret Harte, Popular Fiction, and the Local Color Movement, by Patrick D. Morrow

Bret Harte’s Civil War Poems: Voice of the Majority, by Jack Scherting

A Reconsideration of Bret Harte’s Later Work, by Donald E. Glover

The Contributions of Bret Harte to American Oratory, by Roy F. Hudson