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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: 
. . .A MODERN INDIAN NOVEL AFTER COOPER CHAPTER I

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 heard about Bret Harte years ago when reading a run-down of western fiction, so figured I would give this a shot. All the stories are short ones, ten pages being around the average, and the max. This stuff was written in the 1800's, so be prepared for the writing to be a bit different-this is n...more

Interesting, fairly entertaining stories by a minor talent who may have had quite a bit of influence on the genre. Good selection, great introduction, generally inadequate and overly fussy annotation: which reader needs to be told in a footnote that 'Milton' is 'the 16th century author of Paradis...more

great historical fiction in the form of short stories.

The tale telling of Bret Harte gives one a look at the many places and people he met in his roaming during his youthful days. While I did not particularly like 'The Luck of the Roaring Camp', it is the one I will long remember when I think of this author. My favorites in this collection are 'The...more

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...more

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 h...more

A nice collection of Western Ameircan stories. Harte was a master story teller.