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by Bret Harte
Francis Bret Harte (1836-1902) was an American author and poet, best remembered for his accounts of pioneering life in California. His first literary ... Show synopsis Francis Bret Harte (1836-1902) was an American author and poet, best remembered for his accounts of pioneering life in California. His first literary efforts, including poetry and prose, appeared in The Californian, an early literary journal edited by Charles Henry Webb. In 1868 he became editor of The Overland Monthly, another new literary magazine, but this one more in tune with the pioneering spirit of excitement in California. His story, "The Luck of Roaring Camp, " appeared in the magazine's second edition, propelling Harte to nationwide fame. When word of Dickens' death reached Harte in July of 1870, he immediately sent a dispatch across the bay to San Francisco to hold back the forthcoming publication of his Overland Monthly for twenty-four hours, so that he could compose the poetic tribute, Dickens in Camp. This work is considered by many of Harte's admirers as his masterpiece of verse, for its evident sincerity, the depth of feeling it displays, and the unusual quality of its poetic expression. The spirit of Dickens breathes through the poems and stories of Bret Harte just as the spirit of Bret Harte breathes through the poems and stories of Kipling.