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Bret Harte

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(1836–1902), born at Albany, New York, is remembered for his short stories, notably ‘The Luck of Roaring Camp’ (1868), ‘Tennessee's Partner’, and ‘The Outcasts of Poker Flat’, ...

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Oxford Reader's Companion to Trollope

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Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Literature, Literary studies (19th century)
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106 words

..., Bret ( 1836–1902 ) , poet, storyteller, famed for The Luck of Roaring Camp and Other Sketches ( 1870 ); part of the Boston literary circle that welcomed Trollope during his American visits. He dined with Trollope at his London clubs and attended a Royal Literary Fund dinner where he responded to the toast ‘Literature’. Trollope 's parody, ‘Never, Never—Never, Never’ was inspired, he said, by the American. ‘As Bret Harte says I have no sense of humour, and won't laugh at me, I must try to laugh at myself, and make fun of the heroine I have loved...

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Literature
Length:
150 words

...He collaborated briefly with Mark Twain . Harte served as American consul at Krefeld in Germany ( 1878–80 ) and at Glasgow ( 1880–85 ), after which he lived in England. He is best remembered as pioneer local colourist in his early works. See Axel Nissen , Bret Harte: Prince and Pauper ...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Literature
Length:
87 words

..., Bret ( 1836–1902 ) Author and poet . Notable among the short stories which made him famous were ‘The Luck of Roaring Camp’ ( 1868 ) and ‘The Outcasts of Poker Flat’, which were included in The Luck of Roaring Camp and Other Sketches ( 1870 ). His humorous‐pathetic verse includes ‘Plain Language from Truthful James’ ( 1870 ), often referred to as ‘The Heathen Chinee’. He collaborated briefly with Mark Twain . After periods as American consul in Germany and at Glasgow he lived in...

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature
Length:
2,381 words

...) Further Reading Duckett, Margaret . Mark Twain and Bret Harte . Norman, Okla., 1964. Nissen, Axel . Bret Harte: Prince and Pauper . Jackson, Miss., 2000. Useful largely for its analysis of Harte's financial situation during the later years of his career. Scharnhorst, Gary . Bret Harte . New York, 1992. A critical biography that provides readings of nearly everything Harte ever wrote. Scharnhorst, Gary . Bret Harte: Opening the American Literary West . Norman, Okla., 2000. Far and away the better of the two recent biographies and the first to be written...

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The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Quotation
Current Version:
2008
Subject:
Quotations
Length:
43 words

...Bret Harte 1836 – 1902 Behind the curtain's mystic fold The glowing future lies unrolled. speech, opening of the California Theatre, San Francisco, Jan. 19, 1870 The only sure thing about luck is that it will change. The Outcasts of Poker Flat ,...

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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Current Version:
2018
Subject:
Quotations
Length:
75 words

...0Bret Bret Harte 1836 – 1902 American poet If, of all words of tongue and pen, The saddest are, ‘It might have been,’ More sad are these we daily see: ‘It is, but hadn't ought to be!’ ‘Mrs Judge Jenkins’ (1867); see Whittier words of tongue and pen It might have been hadn't ought to be All you know about it [ luck ] for certain is that it's bound to change. The Outcasts of Poker Flat ...

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Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.)

Reference type:
Quotation
Current Version:
2014
Subject:
Quotations
Length:
196 words

...0Bret Bret Harte 1836 – 1902 American poet And on that grave where English oak and holly And laurel wreaths entwine Deem it not all a too presumptuous folly,— This spray of Western pine! ‘Dickens in Camp’ (1870) And on that grave English oak and holly English oak and holly laurel wreaths entwine too presumptuous folly spray of western pine spray of Western pine If, of all words of tongue and pen, The saddest are, ‘It might have been,’ More sad are these we daily see: ‘It is, but hadn't ought to be!’ ‘Mrs Judge Jenkins’ (1867); see whittier...

Harte, Francis Bret

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The Oxford Guide to Literary Britain & Ireland (3 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Literature, Society and culture
Length:
25 words

..., Francis Bret ( ‘Bret Harte’ ) ( 1836–1902 ), American novelist : US Consul in Glasgow 1880–5 ; buried in Frimley . The Luck of Roaring Camp 1870...

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A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

..., [Francis] Bret [ Brett Harte ] ( 1836–1902 ) American short-story writer and poet Condensed Novels and Other Papers ( 1867 ) Fiction Short Stories The Lost Galleon ( 1867 ) Poetry The Luck of the Roaring Camp, and Other Sketches ( 1870 ) Fiction Short Stories Mrs Skagg's Husbands ( 1873 ) Fiction Short Stories Tales of the Argonauts ( 1875 ) Fiction Short Stories Gabriel Conroy ( 1876 ) Fiction Two Men of Sandy Bar ( 1876 ) Drama Ah Sin ( 1877 ) Drama An Heiress of Red Dog, and Other Sketches ( 1878 ) Fiction...

Harte, (Francis) Bret(t)

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The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2021
Subject:
Literature
Length:
303 words

..., ( Francis ) Bret(t) ( 1836–1902 ), born in Albany, New York , went to California (1854), where he engaged in various occupations, including a brief attempt at mining in the Mother Lode. In 1860 he settled in San Francisco, where he became a printer and journalist, and through his contributions to the Golden Era and the Californian became a prominent literary figure, whose successes included tales about Spanish California in the vein of Washington Irving and a novelette, “ M’liss ,” (1860) about a young girl’s adventures in the gold-rush mining...

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The Oxford Companion to American Literature (6 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Literature
Length:
440 words

..., [Francis] Bret[T] ( 1836–1902 ), born in Albany, N.Y., went to California ( 1854 ), where he engaged in various occupations, including a brief attempt at mining in the Mother Lode. In 1860 he settled in San Francisco, where he became a printer and journalist, and through his contributions to the Golden Era and the Californian became a prominent literary figure, whose successes included tales about Spanish California in the vein of Washington Irving and a novelette, “ M'liss ,” about a young girl's adventures in the gold-rush mining country. ...

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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
60 words
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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
43 words
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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
41 words
Bret Harte

Bret Harte  

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(1836–1902),born at Albany, New York, is remembered for his short stories, notably ‘The Luck of Roaring Camp’ (1868), ‘Tennessee's Partner’, and ‘The Outcasts of Poker Flat’, which were included in ...
Hamlin, Jack

Hamlin, Jack  

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Character in Gabriel Conroy and short stories by Bret Harte.
John Oakhurst

John Oakhurst  

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Character in The Outcasts of Poker Flat and other stories by Bret Harte.
Gabriel Conroy

Gabriel Conroy  

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Novel by Bret Harte.
Frimley

Frimley  

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SurreyTown on the A325, 4 m. SW of Bagshot. Francis Bret Harte (known as ‘Bret Harte’), the American author of The Luck of Roaring Camp (1870), was buried (1902) ...
Condensed Novels and Other Papers

Condensed Novels and Other Papers  

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First collection of writings by Bret Harte, published in 1867. It included 15 travesties of the works of such popular writers as Cooper, Dickens, Dumas, and Hugo, as well as ...

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