The defining stories from one of America's great wits
In the mid-nineteenth century, the Wild West grabbed ahold of American consciousness and never let go. With the discovery of gold, all eyes and wagons turned westward.
This collection of stories brings readers back to the American frontier. In "The Luck of Roaring Camp," when a Native American woman dies in childbirth, the miners take it upon themselves to raise the child. Naming the baby Luck, the miners learn more about responsibility and class through raising the boy than they have through anything else in their lives. Other stories in the collection include classic prospecting-set short stories such as "Tennessee's Partner" and "The Outcasts of Poker Flat" and the short novels "Muck-a-Muck" and "Selina Sedilia." In this timeless collection, Bret Harte has captured the California gold rush as no other writer could.
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After three desperadoes ride into the town of Monkford and hold a congregation at gunpoint, a shootout ensues. With the Minister's wife dead and one of the criminals wounded, they make their escape to the town of Fiveways in search of a doctor.
A posse gathers and sets out into the Territory to bring the criminals to justice. Meanwhile in Monkford, the minister Gene Sherrin is recovering from the terrible tragedy... and proves to be a man at war with himself.
In a game of survival of the fittest, who will be the last man standing?
*HOLIDAY EDITION: 'A High Sierra Christmas' is a tale of the West, narrated in the 'old west' style. It's a story of Jeremiah Johnson and his 'later in life' adventures in the High Sierra-Nevada mountain range of California.
Two old cowboys, looking for gold, seek out Johnson and ask him to guide them to their dreams across the rugged High Sierra. In this fireside tale, Jeremiah and his Indian friend, John Windwalker, embark on that adventure with his visiting young nieces, Carrie and Hannah, and his nephew, Marc.
The group rides out on a difficult journey up the east side of the majestic, white granite range, headed toward Mineral King on its western slopes. But, when the bank in Big Pine is robbed, three lawless men in their getaway head up the trail right behind them.
What happens next is a long way from what you might expect. For young and old alike, it's for sure a Christmas to remember. You'd best saddle up and ride along!