This diverse collection brings together a number of the stories of American author Bret Harte, one of the foremost chroniclers of life in territorial California. The novella "The Bell-Ringer of Angel's" focuses on a doomed marriage and features a number of Harte's beloved recurring characters, while the short story "Chu Chu" recounts a standoff between a man and a hard-to-tame horse.
If you can't get enough of action-adventure stories of pioneer life in the American West, dive into this tale from Bret Harte, one of the most renowned documenters of the era. In A Waif of the Plains, Harte recounts the story of an orphan traveling the Oregon Trail in the 1850s.
In this compelling story from American author Bret Harte, a rough-and-tumble pioneer town is torn asunder by the arrival of outsiders, warring rivalries, romantic triangles, duels, and double-crossing in the aftermath of a daring heist. Will justice prevail?
What starts out as a tale of peaceful domesticity takes a sudden turn when the protagonists are lured from Connecticut to California by the promise of striking it rich. This novella from American author Bret Harte is an engaging, easy read that will please fans of historical fiction or tales of the Old West.
Everyone's favorite bloviating attorney makes a triumphant return to the law profession in the title story of this charming collection from Bret Harte. Colonel Starbottle takes on a client named Jo Corbin, who has committed a grievous crime and works out a convoluted plan of repentance.
The metaphor of cultures clashing is a prominent theme in many of Bret Harte's stories, but it takes on a literal dimension in the novel The Crusade of the Excelsior when the well-to-do passengers traveling aboard the Excelsior descend on the small coastal town of Todos Santos.
This novel from American author Bret Harte is a family epic that details the rise of the Harcourt clan in a quaint northern California community. Blending elements of romance, action and a pervasive atmosphere of the Old West, it's an engaging and worthwhile read.
In the mid-1800s, California was as much Spanish as it was American, and competing claims over the land grants that had been issued by the Spanish government created a major controversy in the territory. That's the backdrop of this short novel from Bret Harte, which centers on the enchanting Maruja Saltonstall, who is torn between multiple suitors.
Innkeeper Seth Collinson had made his way west in advance of his wife Sadie for financial reasons. Once he arrives and settles in, he hears word that she has died. When Sadie makes an appearance one night, Seth is unsure whether he's hallucinating or experiencing a supernatural encounter.
A motley cast of characters comes together in the unspoiled forestland of the Carquinez Woods, including a female murderer on the lam, a sensitive, hermit-like Native American, a hard-drinking minister and his pious and beautiful teenage daughter, and Yuba Bill, a stage driver with a heart of gold who appears in many of Harte's stories.
Although many imagine that the impact of the American Civil War largely skirted the Western territories, in truth, the repercussions of the bloody conflict rippled out across the entire continent. This novel, which unfurls against the backdrop of the Civil War, depicts a family torn asunder by diverging loyalties.
One of Bret Harte's chief strengths as an author was his ability to focus on the outcasts of society and find a way to make them sympathetic. In this short story, the despised Elijah Martin escapes from a brush with death only to find his whole life transformed.
Fans of high-quality Western tales will cherish this collection from the renowned chronicler of California's misfits, outcasts, and rebels. Several of the stories collected resurrect some of Harte's most popular characters; widely reviled blowhard Colonel Starbottle is featured in "What Happened at the Fonda," and grizzled stage driver Yuba Bill shows up in "A Niece of Snapshot Harry's."
Bret Harte had an unparalleled skill for evoking the Wild West of the 1800s, and he brings that skill to bear in the novella Jeff Briggs's Love Story. Innkeeper Jeff Briggs falls in love with one of his guests, but a shift in his fortune brings an end to their romance. But what seems like yet another stroke of bad luck turns out to be just the opposite.
Cultures collide in the novella Devil's Ford from Bret Harte. City-bred and professionally trained engineer Philip Carr decides to seek his fortune in the mountains and moves himself and his grown daughters to the Devil's Ford mining camp, where he pits his advanced techniques against local practices—and where his daughters cause a commotion among the camp's denizens, including beloved recurring character Whiskey Dick.
This romance novel from Bret Harte, who wrote extensively about nineteenth-century California, was initially rejected by publishers for what was regarded as risque descriptions of intimate encounters. The story follows Flip Fairley, a tomboy who has been raised in rough circumstances in the mountains of California. When she comes of age, Flip finds herself besieged by suitors. Can she reconcile herself to a life of domestic tranquility?
Though born in Albany, New York, American author Francis Bret Harte went on to become one of the foremost chroniclers of pioneer life in the American West, with a particular focus on California. A Phyllis of the Sierras highlights Harte at his gritty, authentic best.
Bret Harte achieved acclaim as one of the first writers to craft a compelling literature grounded in the unique culture of the American West. The heroine of his novel Cressy is a Western girl through and through. Readers won't soon forget this indelibly drawn character.
Capitalizing on Bret Harte's skyrocketing literary fame, this novel of 1850s California received the largest payment ever made for a single work of fiction up to that time. A dramatic story of a party of pioneers trapped in inclement weather in the California Sierras, Gabriel Conroy will leave you on the edge of your seat.
Author Bret Harte was captivated by the American West, and in this compelling volume, he delves into the rich folk tradition of the region, retelling a number of the myths, stories and legends of the area in his own unique voice, with interesting results.