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Several important early California writers are discussed in an article published in 1897, reproduced at What does the writer say about California literature in general? According to the writer, who might be California's only native literary voice?
Bret Harte's short story "The Luck of Roaring Camp," can be read online at How would you describe the mood and tone of this story? A biographical sketch of Harte can be found at
Read the first page of Dame Shirley's "Letter First" from the 1854 Pioneer magazine at In this entry, "Dame Shirley" explains why her husband has gone to Rich Bar to practice medicine. What were his reasons for choosing that location? Why might Shirley have sprinkled her letter with French phrases?

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