Condensed Novels: New Burlesques

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Bret Harte's 'Condensed Novels: New Burlesques' stands as a delightful satirical pastiche, cleverly repackaging classic narratives into tightly compressed forms. Harte infuses wit and humor as he revisits familiar plots and characters, distilling them into sharp, concise parodies. His mastery of language is evident in the precise and economical prose that captures the essence of each original work while adding a layer of ironic commentary. Written during an era rich in literary experimentation, Harte's condensed novels engage with the conventions of the time, contributing a metafictional twist to the broader context of 19th-century American literature. The tales within this collection reveal Harte's dexterity in both mirroring and mocking the styles of well-known authors, from the romantic to the gothic, playing with reader expectations and the tenets of genre fiction. Bret Harte emerged from the American West, an environment that undeniably shaped his literary voice. Known for his astute characterizations and depictions of frontier life, Harte's experiences amidst the California Gold Rush and as a journalist undoubtedly influenced his observant and incisive style. 'Condensed Novels' reflects his broader oeuvre's preoccupation with social dynamics and the whimsical, though here with a more scathing, witty edge. This collection represents a playful diversion from his more earnest work, illustrating Harte's versatility and satirical prowess. For readers with an appetite for literary satire and a love for the classics, 'Condensed Novels: New Burlesques' offers an engaging and humorous jaunt through the landscape of traditional storytelling. Bret Harte's imaginative reconstructions serve not only as entertainment but also as a reminder of the enduring power of literature and its capacity for reinterpretation. Inviting both laughter and reflection, this collection is recommended for those who appreciate the nuance of pastiche and the joy found in the interplay between text and subtext.


About the Author

Francis Bret Harte (1836–1902) was an American short story writer and poet, best remembered for his short fiction featuring miners, gamblers, and other romantic figures of the California Gold Rush. Born in Albany, New York, Harte moved to California in 1853. His experiences in the West provided the material for 'The Luck of Roaring Camp' (1868), one of his first successful works. Harte's writing pioneered in introducing storytelling that captured the rough and vigorous life of the mining camps, effectively anchoring a segment of the local color movement in American literature. His stories often featured a plain-spoken narrator, through whom the various dialects, lore, and personalities of the camp inhabitants were vividly highlighted. 'Condensed Novels: New Burlesques' (1867) is a collection that parodied literary works of his time, with sharp wit and ingenuity. His use of satire in this collection showcased his versatility and perceptive grasp of genre conventions. Harte's influence extended beyond just storytelling; his narrative style and emphasis on character development would resonate with later authors. Despite his popularity waning in later years, Harte's body of work continues to be significant for its early representation of California frontier life and its complexities. Harte's literary style, characterized by a combination of humor, sentiment, and keen observation, captured the fluctuating dynamics of moral dilemmas experienced by individuals on the frontier.

Product Details

Publisher: DigiCat

Genre: Sprache - Englisch

Language: English

Size: 165 Pages

Filesize: 357.1 KB

ISBN: 8596547381112

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