The prototype of the modern man of letters as a man of business, Harte epitomized the professional writer in America immediately after the Civil War. Nor was his career short-lived. His collected writings run to twenty-five volumes, and his tales were regularly translated into German, French, Italian, Swedish, Russian, and other languages. Part I of this volume lists first printings and many reprintings and translations of nearly 850 of Harte's poems, stories, and plays. It reconstructs his lecture tours and the performance schedules of several plays and lists texts falsely attributed to him. Part II lists a number of documentary sources, many of them new to Harte scholarship, including interviews, a selection of Harte obituaries, and archives that hold Harte manuscripts.
Gary Scharnhorst, Professor of English at the University of New Mexico, has held Fulbright lectureships in Stuttgart and Heidelberg. He is coeditor of American Literary Realism and editor in alternating years of American Literary Scholarship. He has compiled Scarecrow Author Bibliographies on Horatio Alger, Jr. (#54), Charlotte Perkins Gilman (#71), and Nathaniel Hawthorne (#82).