Bret Harte (1836-1902) settled in San Francisco in 1860 where he worked as a printer, clerk, and secretary in a government
office. He wrote short stories and became the first editor of the
Overland Monthly (1868-71) in San Francisco. The collection consists of correspondence, one literary manuscript, and some holograph fragments
Bret Harte was born Francis Brett Hart on August 25, 1836 in Albany, New York; at 11 he had a poem published in the New York Sunday Morning Atlas; he left school and went to work at 13; traveled to California in 1854, settling in San Francisco in 1860; worked as a printer,
clerk, and secretary in a government office; published the short story, The Work On Red Mountain (later titled M'liss) in
1860; became first editor of the Overland Monthly (1868-71) in San Francisco; published the story, The Luck of Roaring Camp (1868) and the satiric verse parody, Plain Language from Truthful James (Better Known as the Heathen Chinee) in 1870 in that journal; also became known for his stories, The Outcasts of Poker Flat (1869) and Tennessee's Partner (1869);
gained a U.S. government position in Germany in 1878, served as U.S. Consul at Glasgow, 1880-85, and then moved to London;
died on May 5, 1902 in Camberley, England.
2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
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