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In 1870, the young San Francisco–based writer and editor Bret Harte (1836–1902) first compiled a single-volume edition of his rousing stories of life in the Wild West. Entitled The Luck of Roaring Camp, and Other Sketches, the book propelled him almost overnight from local celebrity to American literary lion. Four of the most famous of those tales are included in this coll In 1870, the young San Francisco–based writer and editor Bret Harte (1836–1902) first compiled a single-volume edition of his rousing stories of life in the Wild West. Entitled The Luck of Roaring Camp, and Other Sketches, the book propelled him almost overnight from local celebrity to American literary lion. Four of the most famous of those tales are included in this collection: the title story, "The Outcasts of Poker Flat," "Tennessee's Partner," and "M'liss." Additional selections include "A Protégée of Jack Hamlin" and "An Ingénue of the Sierras," both written later in Harte's life and featuring lively casts of colorful characters in settings ranging from a stagecoach to a Sacramento River steamer. They display the author's enthralling storytelling style at full strength ― crisply observant, rich in ironic humor, and offering an engaging mix of sentiment and wit. Harte's style exercised a deep influence on the American short story genre and set a future course for writers of Western fiction, including Owen Wister and Zane Grey.


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In 1870, the young San Francisco–based writer and editor Bret Harte (1836–1902) first compiled a single-volume edition of his rousing stories of life in the Wild West. Entitled The Luck of Roaring Camp, and Other Sketches, the book propelled him almost overnight from local celebrity to American literary lion. Four of the most famous of those tales are included in this coll In 1870, the young San Francisco–based writer and editor Bret Harte (1836–1902) first compiled a single-volume edition of his rousing stories of life in the Wild West. Entitled The Luck of Roaring Camp, and Other Sketches, the book propelled him almost overnight from local celebrity to American literary lion. Four of the most famous of those tales are included in this collection: the title story, "The Outcasts of Poker Flat," "Tennessee's Partner," and "M'liss." Additional selections include "A Protégée of Jack Hamlin" and "An Ingénue of the Sierras," both written later in Harte's life and featuring lively casts of colorful characters in settings ranging from a stagecoach to a Sacramento River steamer. They display the author's enthralling storytelling style at full strength ― crisply observant, rich in ironic humor, and offering an engaging mix of sentiment and wit. Harte's style exercised a deep influence on the American short story genre and set a future course for writers of Western fiction, including Owen Wister and Zane Grey.

30 review for The Luck of Roaring Camp and Other Short Stories

  1. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    It is a pretty sad tale that starts off tragically and ends in tragedy as well. I'm not a big fan of stories that make you feel worse than you were when you started reading them. It is a pretty sad tale that starts off tragically and ends in tragedy as well. I'm not a big fan of stories that make you feel worse than you were when you started reading them.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shelly Rawlings

    "The Luck of Roaring Camp" is a prompt, but interesting, mid-1800s American short story that is really characteristic of Bret Harte's writing style. Essentially, it is a retelling of the Biblical nativity story, as presented by a cast of characters from a small, male-dominated Wild West town. After the birth of the first child in the town (possibly ever) and the (view spoiler)[death of the child's mother, the men of Roaring Camp are forced to channel their feminine sides and raise the child as t "The Luck of Roaring Camp" is a prompt, but interesting, mid-1800s American short story that is really characteristic of Bret Harte's writing style. Essentially, it is a retelling of the Biblical nativity story, as presented by a cast of characters from a small, male-dominated Wild West town. After the birth of the first child in the town (possibly ever) and the (view spoiler)[death of the child's mother, the men of Roaring Camp are forced to channel their feminine sides and raise the child as their own. (hide spoiler)] Interestingly, despite the length of this piece, its key themes still appear in layers, as I would expect of a longer narrative. Starting at the most shallow is a slight musing on the Circle of Life, as in, the significance of birth and death, and a bit of discussion about youth as a blessing and curse; but delving further, we start to see commentary on very progressive ideas for this time period--most notably, gender roles and the blurred lines between them. Additionally, since the story pulls its central concept from the story of the birth of Jesus, it is unsurprising that nature has a key role in the narrative, even sometimes being referred to as "Nature," with a capital N, giving it its own personality, as if it is a character of its own (and one could argue that it is). Overall, this story was a great way to get me back into the spirit of reading for analysis as I jump into a Survey of American Literature this semester, and I was pleased with the overall depth that Harte accomplished in such a short read. I understand why this story brought him such fame!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Wayne McCoy

    'The Luck of Roaring Camp and Other Stories' by Bret Harte is a series of stories all set in the Wild West of California during the 1800s. The title story is one I was familiar with from reading assignments in school. A gruff group of prospectors finds a baby in their midst and names it Luck. Other stories in the collection include stories of rescues and ingenues. I liked this collection, but it does lean toward the melodramatic and melancholic. I found the stories interesting reads as historic sp 'The Luck of Roaring Camp and Other Stories' by Bret Harte is a series of stories all set in the Wild West of California during the 1800s. The title story is one I was familiar with from reading assignments in school. A gruff group of prospectors finds a baby in their midst and names it Luck. Other stories in the collection include stories of rescues and ingenues. I liked this collection, but it does lean toward the melodramatic and melancholic. I found the stories interesting reads as historic specimens, and I'm glad I read the collection, but I'm not sure it holds up to modern readers. I received a review copy of this ebook from Dover Publications and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ashutosh

    I liked this collection of short stories.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sarandah Princess

    Short fiction written during the Gold Rush era in the American West. Intriguing, funny, occasionally offensive due to viewpoints of the time, very colorful

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    The last batch of short stories I read must have been in high school - required reading, of course. I'd never much paid attention to the genre because, like poetry, I wanted something longer, substantial, filling. Not to say short stories and poetry don't have merit - Edgar Allen Poe can keep me spellbound, and "The Lady of Shallot" still reminds me of Anne Shirley. I have a poet friend whose work delights me, and who can forget Shakespeare's sonnets? Point being, I usually read novels. "The Luck The last batch of short stories I read must have been in high school - required reading, of course. I'd never much paid attention to the genre because, like poetry, I wanted something longer, substantial, filling. Not to say short stories and poetry don't have merit - Edgar Allen Poe can keep me spellbound, and "The Lady of Shallot" still reminds me of Anne Shirley. I have a poet friend whose work delights me, and who can forget Shakespeare's sonnets? Point being, I usually read novels. "The Luck of Roaring Camp" came into my possession by happy accident; my mother brought a pile of books to sell at our local used bookstore, and she let me sift through them first to see if I wanted any. I took three - two mysteries set in Medieval Wales, and one collection of Western short stories. The short stories book intrigued me only because the introduction mentioned the author, Bret Harte, while American, lived in London for many years and was "greatly influenced by Dickens." I love several of Dickens' books, and anyone influenced by his writing needed to be read. Oh yes, Harte was definitely influenced by Dickens. His language, sentence structure, exposition, and dialogue all reflect that master of satirical commentary, but distinctly in a wild West setting. I think this might be the first time I found a Western story "enchanting." The only fault I could find with his stories, is, of course, some of them were too short (ten pages long), and he had a habit of killing people off at the end. But then, I supposed that happened a lot in pioneer California. This little book has awakened an interest in the short story genre as a whole, both as something to read and as something to write. I could see myself writing a collection of short stories. To conclude, if you love the classics, you'll at least enjoy this romp through dusty, backwater villages. Support your local bookstore with this one - it might cost you a couple bucks. Dover Thrift books tend to be very inexpensive.

  7. 4 out of 5

    John

    I’ve been curious about reading Bret Harte pretty well just because I love Mark Twain so much (even though they evidently didn’t think much of one another) and they’re often compared to one another. Finally, I was inspired to tackle this little collection of some of Harte’s most famous stories. Reading Harte, however, was sort of an odd experience for me, filled with quite a mixture of responses. I, first of all, just enjoyed Harte’s writing. In fact, that’s the chief comparison I think you could I’ve been curious about reading Bret Harte pretty well just because I love Mark Twain so much (even though they evidently didn’t think much of one another) and they’re often compared to one another. Finally, I was inspired to tackle this little collection of some of Harte’s most famous stories. Reading Harte, however, was sort of an odd experience for me, filled with quite a mixture of responses. I, first of all, just enjoyed Harte’s writing. In fact, that’s the chief comparison I think you could make between he and Twain; both have an incredibly charming and folksy wit and style. Reading Harte’s prose was what I’ll certainly take away from reading these stories--I copied down about a page of quotations and passages. He creates interesting characters, sets them in unlikely and humor-filled situations, and conveys his world with an irresistible style. The frustration I had with the stories, however, was the plotting. Over and over, Harte creates his cast of characters in what seems to be a rather big-hearted way, for instance setting up a group of underdogs at the task of living through a blizzard, or making a miners’ camp try to raise an infant, etc. He gets you rooting for these characters, nearly delivers them to a satisfying (not necessarily happy) ending, and then seems to kill the story and/or the characters either prematurely or just absurdly. These stories’ endings made me think again of Twain--though this time for contrast. Both Harte and Twain have a dark side to their writings. But Twain’s vision seems to me to be of realism tempered by humor and a touch of hope (more or less, depending on the book you’re reading). Harte has the realism and the humor, but if these stories are any indication, he was a fatalist. Harte’s a very good writer, but I’d rather read Twain.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Justin Tyler

    The edition I have of this book only contains three stories: The Luck of Roaring Camp, The Outcasts of Poker Flat, and Tennessee's Partner. I think that these stories are very well written, and very easy to read. They're very short (around 5000 words each). It took me one hour total to read all three of them, and I read at an average pace. Contrary to the statements of one reviewer, these stories are not sad; they are realistic. They are, in fact, touching in how real such things as love, innoce The edition I have of this book only contains three stories: The Luck of Roaring Camp, The Outcasts of Poker Flat, and Tennessee's Partner. I think that these stories are very well written, and very easy to read. They're very short (around 5000 words each). It took me one hour total to read all three of them, and I read at an average pace. Contrary to the statements of one reviewer, these stories are not sad; they are realistic. They are, in fact, touching in how real such things as love, innocence, and friendship are portrayed. Tennessee's Partner is the story of a friendship between a man sentenced to death (Tennessee) and his partner. There are some real moments of brilliance in this story, especially towards the end, when Tennessee's partner really shines as a character with depth and true love for his friend. The Luck of Roaring Camp is the story of an orphan born into a hopeless town. For me, it's ultimately a story about innocence, and how something very simple and pure can change even the darkest hearts. Moreover, it is a story of how easily that bond that connects the corrupt man to life can be broken. All of these stories, though, are a celebration of the human spirit, and a celebration of the sacrifices that people make for one another. With this in mind, the reviewer who argued that the stories were depressing has missed the heart of these stories. These stories are essential for anyone who wants to expand their knowledge of American short story writers, but they're also really great stories that are enjoyable to read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    David

    December 11, 2010 I had forgotten that I had read this collection of 6 stories. My first review was a one star. My review today is 5 stars. The difference is me. I found the writing to be riveting. The stories are not fast paced but they do hold the reader's attention. The stories have a certain humor to them based upon the human condition and the settings of the story. I started with M'lissa this time instead of the first story. That I think gave me a new avenue into Brete Harte. I found myself December 11, 2010 I had forgotten that I had read this collection of 6 stories. My first review was a one star. My review today is 5 stars. The difference is me. I found the writing to be riveting. The stories are not fast paced but they do hold the reader's attention. The stories have a certain humor to them based upon the human condition and the settings of the story. I started with M'lissa this time instead of the first story. That I think gave me a new avenue into Brete Harte. I found myself rooting for the school teacher and for M'lissa. That change of perspective altered how I read the other short stories. This part of the review was written April 14, 2009. I am in my often revisited phase of reading those book I was supposed to read in school or as an educated young man. To do that I have purchased over the years about 50 Dover Thrift Editions. These I highly recommended since there is no sense in spending a lot of money to get edumacated. Bret Harte I will never pick up again. There are certainly more enjoyable stories out there. The stories are extremely depressing which is probably how the Ole West really was. To read this man is like trudging through molasses in the dead of winter. No more. It took me 5 days to read 90 pages or 6 stories. And I love short stories.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Humphrey

    For a reason I'm not quite sure of, optimisitc-romantic fiction is scoffed at when pessimistic-romantic fiction is embraced. Compare Harte's short fiction to Hawthorne's: the contest won't be so uneven. For another reason I'm not quite sure of, American optimisitc-romantic fiction is scoffed at when British optimistic-romantic fiction is embraced. Compare Harte's style to Dickens': there's a strong reason why the latter is quoted on the back of most editions of Harte. It seems like literary stud For a reason I'm not quite sure of, optimisitc-romantic fiction is scoffed at when pessimistic-romantic fiction is embraced. Compare Harte's short fiction to Hawthorne's: the contest won't be so uneven. For another reason I'm not quite sure of, American optimisitc-romantic fiction is scoffed at when British optimistic-romantic fiction is embraced. Compare Harte's style to Dickens': there's a strong reason why the latter is quoted on the back of most editions of Harte. It seems like literary studies, then, has a hard time dealing with romantic aspects of postbellum fiction; perhaps because of the outmoded belief that such aspects have no place in the period's self-proclaimed realism. Nonetheless, Harte is both realist and romantic, and - in his best work - self-consciously so, bringing the two together under different circumstances to prod at them with irony or humor or hopefulness. In this sense, Harte's work is all about the issue that continues to inspire prejudice against him: how and where do the real and the romantic meet?

  11. 4 out of 5

    KatieSuzanne

    I read this because I grew up close to Roaring Camp and wanted to hear some stories about the place, even if they were fictional. Not bad, but not too exciting. I can see how Bret Harte influenced and sometimes even created the exciting sterotypes of gold miners and other kinds of California settlers, but I think I had my hopes set too high for the actual story content.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Grady

    Read book before motorcycle trip through gold country and Calaveras County. This book was good preparation. Harte, in his day, was far more famous and popular than Twain. These stories of part of the reason.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ed

    Six short stories written in the 1800's. They include "The Luck of Roaring Camp", "The Outcasts of Poker Flat", "Tennessee's Partner", "M'liss", "An Ingenue of the Sierras", & "A Protegee of Jack Hamlin's". My favorite two were M'liss & A Protegee... Six short stories written in the 1800's. They include "The Luck of Roaring Camp", "The Outcasts of Poker Flat", "Tennessee's Partner", "M'liss", "An Ingenue of the Sierras", & "A Protegee of Jack Hamlin's". My favorite two were M'liss & A Protegee...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    I discovered Bret Harte's stories as a mid-teenager in mid-late 1960s and they have stuck with me ever since. They were among my favorites in that era. I was an insatiable reader throughout summer vacations. I discovered Bret Harte's stories as a mid-teenager in mid-late 1960s and they have stuck with me ever since. They were among my favorites in that era. I was an insatiable reader throughout summer vacations.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Charles

    A college library had a twenty five volume collected works edition of Harte's work. I read most of that collection and found a number of stories I thought were great little gems, but were unknown to anyone save a Harte scholar - a being I never found. A college library had a twenty five volume collected works edition of Harte's work. I read most of that collection and found a number of stories I thought were great little gems, but were unknown to anyone save a Harte scholar - a being I never found.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Charron

    Only read a couple stories from the whole book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    John

    Writing this 6years after reading the book but i do remember liking it.Also remember the luck was a child. So it must have been pretty good to remember that about novel.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sylvia

    Light, wonderfully colorful stories of old California, classic American lit. I'd only ever read a few of these stories..they are all good. Light, wonderfully colorful stories of old California, classic American lit. I'd only ever read a few of these stories..they are all good.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Wish there were negative stars.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Allie

    A surprisingly good collection of Western stories with many enjoyable twist endings. Read it for the character descriptions alone.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Brian

  22. 4 out of 5

    Frances

  23. 5 out of 5

    Elsevire

  24. 5 out of 5

    J Horton

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cora Jane

  26. 4 out of 5

    Don

  27. 5 out of 5

    Gary D.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Robert

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mark

  30. 5 out of 5

    Pam

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