Bret Harte: Opening the American Literary West

Forsideomslag
University of Oklahoma Press, 2000 - 256 sider

Bret Harte was the best-known and highest paid writer in America in the early 1870s, yet his vexed attempts to earn a living by his pen led to the failure of his marriage and, in 1878, his departure for Europe. Gary Scharnhorst’s biography of Harte traces the growing commercial appeal of western fiction and drama on both sides of the Atlantic during the Gilded Age, a development in which Harte played a crucial role.

Harte’s pioneering use of California local color in such stories as "The Outcasts of Poker Flat" challenged genteel assumptions about western writing and helped open eastern papers to contributions by Mark Twain and others. The popularity of Bret Harte’s writings was driven largely by a literary market that his western stories helped create.

The first Harte biography in nearly seventy years to be written entirely from primary sources, this book documents Harte’s personal relationships and, in addition, his negotiations with various publishers, agents, and theatrical producers as he exploited popular interest in the American West.

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Following so shortly after the appearance of Axel Nissen's Bret Harte: Prince and Pauper (LJ 3/15/00), the first authoritative biography of Mark Twain's contemporary in 70 years, this work gives ... Læs hele anmeldelsen

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Bret Harte age seventeen
7
Telegraph Hill San Francisco 1865
15
From The Luck
37
Joseph Hull illustration for The Heathen Chinee
56
Engraving of the Every Saturday cover
62
The Commercialization
70
Sol Eytinge illustration for The Heathen Chinee
72
Lecture Novel
113
s Crefeld Glasgow and the Literary Recuperation
141
Bret Harte 1879
166
Tailings from the Claim
180
Bret Harte 1885
191
The Van de Velde mansion at 109 Lancaster
198
Played Out
217
Bret Harte and Francis King Harte ca 1900
218
Sources
235

T Parsloe as Ah Sin 1876
126

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Gary Scharnhorst is Professor of English at the University of New Mexico.

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