Gary Scharnhorst is a professor of English at the University of New Mexico. 
Dec 01 1996
"My Luck, Just Now, Is Pretty Hard": Letters From Bret Harte, 1872-78
However modest his modern reputation, Bret Harte deserves to be resurrected from the footnote. As founding editor of the Overland Monthly in 1868, he was mentor to an entire generation of Western American writers, among them Samuel Clemens, Ambrose Bierce, Joaquin Miller and Ina Coolbrith.