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Tennessee's Partner

Bret Harte

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Concord, yielded a two-fold crop: gold-dust for the superintendent to turn into bullion, and stories for his young secretary later to turn into literature. By 1868 his reputation was so great that when Mr. A. Roman established The Overland Monthly, he was made its first editor.

Mr. Roman impressed upon him the literary possibilities of the life of the miners, and furnished him with incidents, tales, and pictures. "The Luck of Roaring Camp," his first venture in this hitherto almost untouched field, proved that Bret Harte had come into his own. His local sketches and Mexican legends had been imitative of Irving, his stories of Dickens; but for this he had evolved a method and a style distinctly personal. His first success was followed up by "The Outcasts of Poker Flat" and (in October, 1869) by the tale here reprinted; and when, in 1870, an Eastern house published his sketches in book form, his fame was secure. In 1871 he left California, and after a few years. . . Read More

Community Reviews

cowboys are frequently secretly fond of each other

I do not think we ever knew his real name.

In this mid 19th-century California mining community, people are known by nicknames. Tennessee's Partner is never known except in relation to Tennessee. And the "I" that opens this story is never further revealed, or identified, but is really the voice of th

This short story is about Tennessee and Tennessee's Partner. I felt like it was very difficult to keep up with at first. I couldn't understand who was doing what, and had to have it explained to me that the wife did belong to Tennessee's Partner and then the wife ran off with Tennessee. I understand

It is a rather odd short story about a business partner who stays loyal to his colleague no matter what he does or what crime he commits.

Great example of regionalism and the complexities of dialect. This would complement any of Twain's classics really well.

I have arranged my thoughts into a haiku:

"Despite bad choices
Like love, friendship's sometimes blind,
No matter the end."

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