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A Tramp Through the Bret Harte Country by Thomas Dykes Beasley is a delightful journey through the landscapes that inspired the great American writer Bret Harte. Beasley's exceptional storytelling and vivid descriptions transport readers back in time, immersing them in the beauty of the California Gold Rush era.

In this book, Beasley takes on the role of a modern-day tramp, tracing the footsteps of Bret Harte to gain a deeper understanding of the places that influenced his writing. From San Francisco to the Sierras, Beasley embarks on an adventure filled with historical anecdotes, charming encounters, and his own reflections on nature and literature.

One of the most remarkable aspects of this book is Beasley's ability to bring the past to life. His thorough research shines through in every page, and by interweaving his personal experiences with fascinating historical details, he paints a vivid picture of the era. Whether it's describing the crowded streets of San Francisco during the Gold Rush or the tranquil beauty of the mountain ranges, Beasley's prose captures the essence of each location.

Additionally, Beasley's passion for literature shines through in his homage to Bret Harte. As a tramp, he immerses himself in Harte's stories, reciting passages and analyzing their connection to the landscapes he explores. He skillfully combines the biographical elements of Harte's life with the places that inspired his writings, creating a profound appreciation for both the author and the environment that shaped him.

Moreover, Beasley's writing exudes a sense of wanderlust and admiration for nature. His descriptions of sweeping valleys, towering redwoods, and rushing rivers truly transport readers to these picturesque locations. It is evident that Beasley has an intimate connection with the outdoors, and his ability to evoke a sense of awe and reverence for nature is truly captivating.

A Tramp Through the Bret Harte Country is not only a journey through time and space but also a celebration of literature and the power of place. Beasley's combination of storytelling, historical research, and personal introspection creates a rich tapestry of themes that will resonate with readers who appreciate both nature and literature.

Overall, A Tramp Through the Bret Harte Country is a beautifully written and thought-provoking book. Beasley's passion and knowledge shine through every page, making it a captivating read for anyone interested in the history of California, the works of Bret Harte, or simply the wonders of the natural world. This book is a testament to the enduring power of stories and the landscapes that inspire them.

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By Thomas Dykes Beasley

Author of "The Coming of Portola"

With A Foreward by Charles A. Murdock

Above the pines the moon was slowly drifting, The river sang below; The dim Sierras, far beyond, uplifting Their minarets of snow. Dickens in Camp.

The Chapters

Reminiscences of Bret Harte. "Plain Language From Truthful James." The Glamour of the Old Mining Towns

Inception of the Tramp. Stockton to Angel's Camp. Tuttletown and the "Sage of Jackass Hill"

Tuolumne to Placerville. Charm of Sonora and Fascination of San Andreas and Mokelumne Hill

J. H. Bradley and the Cary House. Ruins of Coloma. James W. Marshall and His Pathetic End

Auburn to Nevada City Via Colfax and Grass Valley. Ben Taylor and His Home

E. W. Maslin and His Recollections of Pioneer Days in Grass Valley. Origin of Our Mining Laws

Grass Valley to Smartsville. Sucker Flat and Its Personal Appeal

Smartsville to Marysville. Some Reflections on Automobiles and "Hoboes"

Bayard Taylor and the California of Forty nine. Bret Harte and His Literary Pioneer Contemporaries

The Illustrations

Ruins of Coloma, a Name "Forever Associated With the Wildest Scramble for Gold the World Has Ever Been"

Map of the "Bret Harte Country," Showing the Route Taken by the Writer, With the Towns, Important Rivers, and County Boundaries of the Country Traversed

The Tuttletown Hotel, Tuttletown; a Wooden Building Erected in the Early Fifties

Mokelumne River; "Whatever the Meaning of the Indian Name, One May Rest Assured It Stands for Some Form of Beauty"

"A Mining Convention at Placerville"

South Fork of the American River, Coloma... Continue reading book >>

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