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Bret Harte

(25 August 1836 - 6 May 1902 / Albany, New York)

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Francis Bret Harte was an American author and poet, best remembered for his accounts of pioneering life in California. more »

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  • Which I wish to remark—
    And my language is plain—
    That for ways that are dark
    And for tricks that are vain,
    The heathen Chinee is peculiar:
    Which the same ...
    Bret Harte (1836-1902), U.S. author (FRANCIS BRET HARTE). Plain Language from Truthful James (l. 1-6). . . Oxford Book of American Light Verse, Th...
  • In his sleeves, which were long,
    He had twenty-four packs,—
    Which was coming it strong,
    Yet I state but the facts;
    And we found on his nails, which were taper,
    ...
    Bret Harte (1836-1902), U.S. author (FRANCIS BRET HARTE). Plain Language from Truthful James (l. 49-54). . . Oxford Book of American Light Verse, ...
  • Now, I hold it is not decent for a scientific gent
    To say another is an ass—at least, to all intent;
    Nor should the individual who happens to be meant
    Reply by heaving rocks ...
    Bret Harte (1836-1902), U.S. author (FRANCIS BRET HARTE). The Society upon the Stanislaus (l. 21-24). . . Oxford Book of American Light Verse, The...
  • I reside at Table Mountain, and my name is Truthful James;
    I am not up to small deceit, or any sinful games;
    And I'll tell in simple language what I know about the row
    That broke ...
    Bret Harte (1836-1902), U.S. author (FRANCIS BRET HARTE). The Society upon the Stanislaus (l. 1-6). . . Oxford Book of American Light Verse, The. ...
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