BellRinger of Angels the

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Jan 28, 2006 - Fiction - 364 pages
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1894. Illustrated. Bret Harte's witty, sometimes heart-rending tales of frontier California, earned him acclaim during the 1860s as the new prophet of American letters. His books, The Luck of Roaring Camp, The Outcasts of Poker Flat and M'liss, helped establish the foundations of western American fiction. Contents: The Bell-Ringer of Angel's; Johnnyboy; Young Robin Gray; The Sheriff of Siskyou; A Rose of Glenbogie; The Mystery of the Hacienda; Chu Chu; and My First Book. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.
 

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Contents

The BellRinger of Angels
1
Johnnyboy
64
Young Robin Gray
89
The Sheriff of Siskyou
138
Chapter II
147
Chapter III
157
A Rose of Glenbogie
183
The Mystery of the Hacienda
227
Chu Chu
299
My First Book
343
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Bulletin, Volumes 1-33

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Bret Harte's birth year is variously given as 1836 and 1839, and his tombstone bears the date 1837. He is remembered especially for his two short stories, "The Luck of Roaring Camp" (1868) and "The Outcasts of Poker Flat" (1870), both achievements in local color. The former is the story of an orphaned baby adopted by the men in a gold-rush-era mining camp; it was dramatized by Dion Boucicault in 1894. The latter is a tale about four undesirables expelled from a mining camp and their losing battle against a blizzard. Although he was born in the East and lived there and in Europe most of his life, Harte's 17 years of residence in California have associated him most closely with that state, and the scenes of all his successful stories are set in the West. His contemporary sketches of life in San Francisco during the 1860s, written with Mark Twain, were first collected in book form as Sketches of the Sixties (1926). When he went east again to settle in Boston in 1871, his talent seems to have deserted him. Much of his later life was spent in England. Today, his formerly out-of-print stories are available in reprint versions from Ayer Publishers.

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