Harte, Bret

Harte, Bret, American humourist, born at Albany, New York; went to California at 15; tried various occupations, mining, school-mastering, printing, and literary sketching, when he got on the staff of a newspaper, and became eventually first editor of the Overland Monthly, in the columns of which he established his reputation as a humourist by the publication of the “Heathen Chinee” and other humorous productions, such as “The Luck of Roaring Camp”; he wields a prolific pen, and all he writes is of his own original coinage; b. 1839.

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

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