Francis Bret Harte - Leinster Terrace, London, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner
N 51° 30.676 W 000° 10.975
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Quick Description: This GLC blue plaque to Francis Bret Harte is attached to the end wall of a building on the north east side of Leinster Terrace at the junction with Lancaster Gate in London.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 5/18/2014 7:22:54 AM
Waymark Code: WMKQPK
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bill&ben
Views: 2

Long Description:

The Greater London Council (GLC) plaque, that has seen some poor cutting-in by the building's painters, tells us:

Greater London Council

1836 - 1902
American writer
lived and
died here

The American Literature website tells us:

Francis Bret Harte (August 25, 1837 - May 6, 1902) was an American author and poet, who worked in a number of different professional capacities including miner, teacher, messenger and journalist before turning to full time writing in 1871.

Bret Harte moved to California in 1853 and spent part of his life in a mining camp near Humboldt Bay (the current town of Arcata), a setting which provided material for some of his works. While The Luck of Roaring Camp (published in 1968) made Bret Harte famous nationwide and helped him to land a writing contract with a publisher in 1871, he faltered and was without a contract by 1872. In 1878 Bret Harte was appointed as United States Consul in Krefeld, Germany and then to Glasgow in 1880. He spent thirty years in Europe, moving to London in 1885. He died in England of throat cancer in 1902.

Bret Harte's literary output improved while he was in Europe and helped to revive his popularity. The Outcasts of Poker Flat and Tennessee's Partner join The Luck of Roaring Camp on the list of his influential works.

Blue Plaque managing agency: Greater London Council

Individual Recognized: Francis Bret Harte

Physical Address:
74 Lancaster Gate
London, United Kingdom

Web Address: [Web Link]

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