Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Bret Harte

Another mis-spelling by an albuminist! Were they all etherists?

Wikipedia also reports, like poor Mr. Chambers, Mr. Harte suffered from writer-on-writer violence:

Writing in his autobiography four years after Harte's death, Mark Twain famously insults Harte, characterizing him and his writing as insincere; he criticizes the miners' dialect, claiming it never existed outside of the story ("The Luck of Roaring Camp"). Twain reserves his most damning statements for Harte's personal life, especially after Harte left the West, including his habitual borrowing of money from his friends with no intent to repay, his haughty attitude and his financial abandonment of his wife and children.

I hate to see fine mustaches fight...


Anonymous said...

You sir, are a revolutionary. Continue to fight the good fight of educating us peasants in the rich lore of mustache heroes, and mustache zeroes. You have accordingly inspired a classic mustache showdown between my brother and I. Well played. Well played, indeed.


Anonymous said...

Goodness, that's brilliant. Excellent find, sir. He looks so wild, and intelligent.

Curse my inability to grow a dashing moustache of my own! Foolish superfluous X-chromosome, ruining everything!

Anonymous said...

ooh, a moustache contest! please keep us apprised, mr. anderson, of the progress of the pugilistic follicles and their derring-do.