Biography: American author Francis Bret Harte (1836-1902) is known best for his tales of California's pioneer days. Born in Albany, New York, Harte moved to California in 1853 and became editor of the new literary magazine, Overland Monthly. As his magazine stories gained popularity, he moved to New York and co-wrote a play, Ah Sin, with Mark Twain. A veteran traveler, Harte was appointed U.S. Consul at Crefeld, Germany and later transferred to Glasgow, Scotland. By the time of his death, he had settled in Camberly, England.

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