The Queen of the Pirate Isle
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Francis Bret Harte (1836-1902) was a prolific American author and poet, best remembered for his accounts of pioneering life in California. The spirit of Dickens breathes through the poems and stories of Bret Harte just as the spirit of Bret Harte breathes through the poems and stories of Kipling.
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published 1931 by Frederick Warne & Co. (first published 1886)
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This was a quaint story about children with very vivid imaginations written by an author who didn't write for children. I rather doubt he intended it for children, as the ending is rather confused, and it seems to really have been written to tell the story of how a particular mine got discovered, which is more along the lines of what Harte wrote about. However, the beautiful illustrations by Kate Greenaway tend to push it toward the children's lit category. I certainly enjoyed the description of...more
Kathryn Parry
A sweet little story about children and their active imaginations. I loved this sweet short story. Four and a half stars.
Polly
A very strange and old-fashioned story. Not something I would ever recommend to children, although I guess I'm glad to have read it once as an adult. If nothing else, it's another story about another Polly to add to my list!
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aka Francis Bret Harte

He was born in Albany, New York, as Francis Brett Hart. He was named after his great-grandfather Francis Brett, and his family name was Hart. When he was young his father changed the spelling of the family name from Hart to Harte. Later, Francis preferred to be known by his middle name, but he spelled it with only one "t", becoming Bret Harte.

He moved to California in 1853, l...more
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