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Outcasts Of Poker Flat, The

by Bret Harte

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BRET HARTE (1836–1902) brought to life the American West of the California gold rush days. Harte colorfully and accurately portrayed reckless and fascinating characters (gamblers, miners and prostitutes) in their own authentic slang, in the context of vivid mountain scenery and the harsh conditions of the day. "The Outcasts of Poker Flat," about a mismatched group of people stranded in a mountain blizzard, is among the best-loved western stories of all time. Also included: "Brown of Calaveras," "Tennessee’s Partner," "The Luck of Roaring Camp," "The Idyl of Red Gulch," and other stories and poems.

This star-studded recording features Robert Forster, the Oscar-nominated star of Jackie Brown, Rex Linn of CSI: Miami, Audie Award-winning narrators Stephen Hoye and Stefan Rudnicki, and the legendary William Windom, whose film and television credits range from the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird to the 1996 TV series Murder, She Wrote.

The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature
Short story by Bret Harte, first published in the magazine Overland Monthly in 1869, later published in the collection The Luck of Roaring Camp and Other Sketches (1870); it has become a minor classic of American literature. One of the best examples of Harte's local-color fiction, this story about exiles from an 1850 California mining camp who are caught in a blizzard shows how even the "immoral" members of society are capable of acting unselfishly to help others who are in danger.

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Upon waking from their overnight camp in the mountains, four exiles from Poker Flat and a young couple traveling to the town face a snowstorm with limited provisions.



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