The Luck of Roaring Camp,the first of his picturesque stories of Western local color, and with such later stories as
The Outcasts of Poker Flatand
Brown of Calaveras.Although Harte did not develop character and motivation, he had an observant eye and a brisk reportorial style. He was U.S. consul in Germany and Scotland from 1878 to 1885. The remainder of his life was spent near London.
See his letters, ed. by G. B. Harte (1926); biographies by R. O'Connor (1966) and A. Nissen (2000); M. Duckett, Mark Twain and Bret Harte (1964).
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