Bret Harte (1836-1902), American author, essayist, humorist, and critic wrote The Luck of Roaring Camp (1870), one of his first and most successful works.
Francis Brett Harte was born on 25 August 1836 in Albany, New York, the son of a teacher, Henry Harte and his wife Elizabeth Ostrander. Young Frank was frail as a child due to ill health, and the family moved often on account of his father's profession in seasonal teaching positions. Frank turned to books as his favourite indoor pursuit, studying the Bible and reading Byron, Dickens, and Poe among others. After his father's death the family moved to Oakland, California in 1853, and his mother remarried Colonial Andrew Williams. Harte taught for a while, and also worked in the mining industry.