Thursday, 12 March 2015

Bret Harte's Parodies of Sensation Fiction

Rummaging through the catalogue of the National Library of Scotland, I came across a small volume called Sensation Novels Condensed, published in London in 1871, by the American writer and journalist Bret Harte (1836-1902). Harte’s life was full of adventure and neither his Wikipedia entry nor the “Preliminary” by the publisher John Camden Hotten, that opens Sensation Novels Condensed, do justice to Harte’s roller-coaster career.