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The Luck Of Roaring Camp And Other Sketches

The Luck Of Roaring Camp And Other Sketches by Bret Harte
By: (1836-1902)

"The Luck of Roaring Camp and Other Sketches" by Bret Harte is a collection of stories that offer a glimpse into life in the Old West. Harte's writing captures the harsh realities of the frontier, while also highlighting the resilience and spirit of the people who lived there.

One of the standout stories in the collection is "The Luck of Roaring Camp," which tells the tale of a group of rough and tumble miners who find themselves caring for a newborn baby. Harte's portrayal of the men's reluctant transformation into loving caregivers is both heartwarming and heartbreaking.

The other sketches in the collection also showcase Harte's talent for painting vivid portraits of the characters who populated the Wild West. From grizzled prospectors to gun-toting outlaws, Harte's stories are filled with memorable personalities who leap off the page.

Overall, "The Luck of Roaring Camp and Other Sketches" is a compelling read that offers a fascinating look at a bygone era. Harte's stories are both entertaining and thought-provoking, making this collection a must-read for fans of Western fiction.

Book Description:
Bret Harte (1836–1902) was an American author and poet, best remembered for his accounts of pioneering life in California.... He moved to California in 1853, later working there in a number of capacities, including miner, teacher, messenger, and journalist. He spent part of his life in the northern California coastal town of Union (now known as Arcata), a settlement on Humboldt Bay that was established as a provisioning center for mining camps in the interior.... 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 issue, propelling Harte to nationwide fame. “Luck...” appeared in this first book along with other stories and sketches, especially “The Outcasts of Poker Flats,” of which several movies were made. (Summary by Wikipedia and David Wales)

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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - January 14, 2016
Subject: The Luck of Roaring Camp .....
Enjoyed the first seven, poetic and sad, the remainder were OK. Excellently narrated by David Wales.

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