By Gary Scharnhorst
Bret Harte used to be the best-known and maximum paid author in the USA within the early 1870s, but his vexed makes an attempt to make cash via his pen resulted in the failure of his marriage and, in 1878, his departure for Europe. Gary Scharnhorst’s biography of Harte lines the starting to be advertisement allure of western fiction and drama on each side of the Atlantic in the course of the Gilded Age, a improvement during which Harte performed a very important role.
Harte’s pioneering use of California neighborhood colour in such tales as "The Outcasts of Poker Flat" challenged genteel assumptions approximately western writing and helped open jap papers to contributions by means of Mark Twain and others. the recognition of Bret Harte’s writings used to be pushed mostly via a literary industry that his western tales helped create.
The first Harte biography in approximately seventy years to be written fullyyt from fundamental resources, this booklet files Harte’s own relationships and, moreover, his negotiations with a variety of publishers, brokers, and theatrical manufacturers as he exploited renowned curiosity within the American West.