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The Luck of Roaring Camp and Other Tales

Bret Harte

Book Overview: 

A collection of short stories from Bret Harte

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Book Excerpt: 

It was toward the close of a bright October day. The last rays of the setting sun were reflected from one of those sylvan lakes peculiar to the Sierras of California. On the right the curling smoke of an Indian village rose between the columns of the lofty pines, while to the left the log cottage of Judge Tompkins, embowered in buckeyes, completed the enchanting picture.

Although the exterior of the cottage was humble and unpretentious, and in keeping with the wildness of the landscape, its interior gave evidence of the cultivation and refinement of its inmates. An aquarium, containing goldfishes, stood on a marble centre-table at one end of the apartment, while a magnificent grand piano occupied the other. The floor was covered with a yielding tapestry carpet, and the walls were adorned with paintings from the pencils of Van Dyke, Rubens, Tintoretto, Michael Angelo, and the product. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I read about half of the stories, especially ones I remember reading once upon a time-The Luck of Roaring Camp and The Outcasts of Poker Flat. I enjoyed those, but frankly tired of the overly flowery and overworked wordiness. I skimmed much of the others and I just couldn’t read any more. Most are k

ENGLISH: These are the stories I prefer in this collection: "The outcasts of Poker Flat", "The idyl of Red Gulch", "An ingénue of the Sierras" and a condensed novel ("The stolen cigar case"), a parody of Sherlock Holmes.

Two good stories ("Wan Lee, the pagan" and "Three vagabonds of Trinidad") have a

Fascinating historical fiction. It really puts you there (and I'm partial to it because it's not only the history of my state, but the general areas that I've known my entire life).

I've become fascinated with this whole period of American History (ie. The Goldrush) which is why I decided to finally read this. What I did not realize is that Harte actually blazed the trail for the kind of writing in which the characters were ordinary Americans who cursed a lot, a genre which was

Kind of a Mark Twain for California.

Mark Twain and Charles Dickens thought Bret Harte was the king of western American literature, yet their works are much better known today than his. Harte's stories and characters could justifiably be seen as the inspiration for O. Henry and Damon Runyon but, again, they are household names and his

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