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Bret Harte : opening the American literary West

Author: Gary Scharnhorst
Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, ©2000.
Series: Oklahoma western biographies, v. 17.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Gary Scharnhorst's biography of Harte traces the growing commercial appeal of western fiction and drama on both sides of the Atlantic during the Gilded Age, a development in which Harte played a crucial role." "Harte's pioneering use of California local color in such stories as "The Outcasts of Poker Flat" challenged genteel assumptions about western writing and helped open eastern papers to contributions by Mark
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Genre/Form: Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Bret Harte; Bret Harte; Bret Harte; Bret Harte
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gary Scharnhorst
ISBN: 080613254X 9780806132549
OCLC Number: 43487254
Description: xvi, 255 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: "I am Fit for Nothing Else" --
The Overland Monthly: From "The Luck" to "The Prodigal" --
Mining the Slag Heap: The Commercialization of Local Color --
Popularizing the WestL: Lecture, Novel, Play, Pulp Fiction --
Crefeld, Glasgow, and the Literary Recuperation of the West --
Tailings from the Claim --
Epilogue: Played Out.
Series Title: Oklahoma western biographies, v. 17.
Responsibility: by Gary Scharnhorst.

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"Gary Scharnhorst's biography of Harte traces the growing commercial appeal of western fiction and drama on both sides of the Atlantic during the Gilded Age, a development in which Harte played a crucial role." "Harte's pioneering use of California local color in such stories as "The Outcasts of Poker Flat" challenged genteel assumptions about western writing and helped open eastern papers to contributions by Mark Twain and others. The popularity of Bret Harte's writings was driven largely by a literary market that his western stories helped create."

"The first Harte biography in nearly seventy years to be written entirely from primary sources, this book documents Harte's personal relationships and, in addition, his negotiations with various publishers, agents, and theatrical producers as he exploited popular interest in the American West."--Jacket.

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