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The Luck of Roaring Camp
Bret Harte (1836–1902)
 
Luck of Roaring Camp, The, and other sketches, by Bret Harte, have for their subjects strange incidents of life in the far West during the gold-fever of ’49. The essential romance of that adventurous, lawless, womanless society is embodied in these tales. Representative members of it, gamblers “with the melancholy air and intellectual abstraction of a Hamlet”; all-around scamps with blond hair and Raphael faces; men with pasts buried in the oblivion east of the Mississippi; young men, battered men, decayed college graduates, and ex-convicts, are brought together in picturesque confusion,—their hot, fierce dramas being played against the loneliness of the Sierras, the aloofness of an unconquerable nature. ‘The Luck of Roaring Camp’ is perhaps the most beautiful of the sketches; ‘The Outcasts of Poker Flat’ is scarcely less pathetic. In Tennessee’s Partner,’ and in ‘Higgles,’ humor and pathos are mingled. The entire book is a wonderfully dramatic transcript of a phase of Western life forever passed away.  1
 
 
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