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The Old West in the Old World

Lost Plays by Bret Harte and Sam Davis

Edited by Lawrence I. Berkove and Gary Scharnhorst

Publication Year: 2006

The two plays in this collection, The Luck of Roaring Camp, by Bret Harte, and The Prince of Timbuctoo, by Sam Davis, were written by Old West authors as the nineteenth century transitioned into the twentieth. Both plays are original treatments of Americans in the Old World--France and Africa, respectively. Hitherto, both plays were lost--never published, and forgotten.

Published by: University of New Mexico Press

Front Cover

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Title Page

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pp. 1-6

Despite the canon reformation of the past generation, our understanding of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American literature is far from complete. Dramatic literature from the period is largely ignored, for example, and the literature of the American West is still scanted. Henry James, W. D. Howells, Mark Twain, and Bret Harte together wrote some sixty plays, most of them ...

PART ONE: The Luck of Roaring Camp by Bret Harte

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pp. 7-8

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pp. 9-21

Like many another American writers of the late nineteenth century, including his friends Henry James and W. D. Howells, Bret Harte longed to write commercially successful plays. In 1870, even before he left California to test his literary fortunes in the East, he agreed to write a script for the actor Lawrence Barrett featuring some of the characters he had popularized in his stories for the Overland ...

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The Luck of Roaring Camp in One Prologue and Two Acts

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pp. 22-128

Roaring Camp. A Cañon, rocks, pine trees, water fall, camp fires on Left. Stumpy’s Cabin disclosing interior when door is open. Distant view of snow capped Sierra. Kentuck, Stumpy, Boston, Dublin Bay, French Pete and miners in rough working picturesque costumes discovered in groups, smoking, drinking, card playing. ...

PART TWO: The Prince of Timbuctoo by Sam Davis

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pp. 129-130

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pp. 131-144

The Prince of Timbuctoo is a delightful discovery that reveals the literary genius of Samuel Post Davis and attests to the vitality of the Sagebrush School, of which he was an outstanding member. Close to being forgotten for almost a century, Davis’s literature is in the process of being revived. As his literature is rediscovered and studied, his life is also being explored. In a word, Davis was ...

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The Prince of Timbuctoo: A Comic Opera in Three Acts Libretto

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pp. 145-224

Daniel Orndorff of New York and his valet Peter Dooley arrive in Africa as agents for Carnegie & Co. to explore the beds of rivers to find suitable sites for steel bridges over which the British Army can retreat after losing battles with the Boers. ...


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pp. 225-227

E-ISBN-13: 9780826337665
E-ISBN-10: 082633766X
Print-ISBN-13: 9780826337641
Print-ISBN-10: 0826337643

Page Count: 235
Publication Year: 2006