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14 short stories by Harte, with an introduction by Wallace Stegner, a selected bibliography, and notes on the text.
The handsome daughter of Madison. She kisses John Dart, a young horse-thief, in the hands of the Vigilants, because he has no friends to bid him good-by. He escapes and haunts the neighborhood to get a glimpse of her...
Bret Harte is best known for his stories about pioneering life in California. Harte moved to California in 1853 where he worked as a miner, journalist, teacher and messenger. <P> <P> The story begins with two children crossing the plains with a wagon train. "It had appeared so to them for two weeks, always the same and always without the least sense to them of wonder or monotony. When they viewed it from the road, walking beside the wagon, there was only the team itself added to the unvarying picture. One of the wagons bore on its canvas hood the inscription, in large black letters, "Off to California!" on the other "Root, Hog, or Die," but neither of them awoke in the minds of the children the faintest idea of playfulness or jocularity. Perhaps it was difficult to connect the serious men, who occasionally walked beside them and seemed to grow more taciturn and depressed as the day wore on, with this past effusive pleasantry. "
THE MAYOR OF SAN FRANCISCO HAS A LITTLE PROBLEM <P> <P> Her name is Yerba Buena. She's the daughter of a woman who convinces the Mayor to make her his guardian and the trustee of her fortunes. <P> <P> But then the Mayor dies. <P> <P> Years later, Yerba Buena has grown up. Her mother claimed her to be none other than Dona Maria Concepcion de Arguello de la Yerba Buena, the last descendent of a great Spanish House. <P> <P> Paul Hathaway, her ward, falls in love with her. <P> <P> But Yerba Buena begins to doubt her origins. <P> <P> What, then, is her true secret? In A Ward of the Golden Gate, Bret Harte shows once more his complete mastery of his art. It is by far the best work he has done in recent years and convincingly demonstrates his right to a prominent place not only in the front ranks of American novelists, but among the best living writers of the Anglo-Saxon world.
A town that had a man for breakfast every morning.That's how Tombstone, Arizona was described in the late-1800s, bolstering the myth that a corpse would be found cooling in the town's dusty streets each sunrise. The reality was quite different and much less violent, of course, but that hasn't kept the fanciful folklore of the Wild West from being retold in the years since, across America and around the world.This book captures the quick-trigger temper and savage spirit of America's frontier days in The Wild, Wild West, an exciting compilation of factual and fictional stories about the Wild West by famous authors.This is a collection of works on the Wild West by many of the world's most famous authors from the 1800s, including Dickens, Wilde, Emerson, Whitman, Longfellow, Muir, Irving, Thoreau, Twain, Kipling, Bierce, London, James Fenimore Cooper, O. Henry, Bret Harte, Zane Grey, Max Brand, Stephen Crane, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Robert Louis Stevenson. The selections involve gunfights, outlaws, gold mining, the Pony Express, stagecoach robberies, cowboys, card sharks, vigilantes, lynchings, ghost towns, and sheep, along with tributes to Custer and to the Native Americans who did him in.In a Max Brand tale, a town offers to reward a gunslinger for bringing in a stage robber dead or alive, leading to a battle of wits in the outlaw's canyon hideout. A story by Stephen Crane involves four men who play a card game for fun which ends in death, while Jack London tells of a deadly struggle between a hard-working prospector and an opportunistic murderer over a load of gold. Then there's the very first story that introduced the Cisco Kid to the world, along with the jumping frog story that made Mark Twain famous.The vivid personalities and the stories they give rise to in The Wild, Wild West reveal the truth behind the embroidered legends of the Old West, even as they add to them.(300 pages, 62 illustrations)
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