21 Bret Harte (1836-1902)

Helena Marvin and OpenAI

Bret Harte in 1872
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Bret Harte (1836-1902) was an American author and poet of the late 19th century. He is best known for his short stories about the California Gold Rush, and for his poem “The Heathen Chinese”. He was also an editor of several magazines and newspapers.

Bret Harte was born in New York and grew up in California, and his stories often draw on his experiences there. He wrote tales of the Western United States, with a focus on the mining camps, and he was known for his use of local dialect and colorful characters. He wrote the stories “The Luck of Roaring Camp”, “The Outcasts of Poker Flat”, and “The Idyl of Red Gulch”, among others.

“The Outcasts of Poker Flat” is a short story by Bret Harte, first published in 1869. It tells the story of four people exiled from a western mining town, and follows them as they try to survive in the wilderness. The story offers a unique insight into the lawless and often violent world of the American West. It is a powerful and timeless tale of courage, loyalty, and hope in the face of adversity.


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