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The Outcasts of Poker Flat


The short story “The Outcasts of Poker Flat” by Bret Harte, was first published in January 1869 in the Overland Monthly magazine. It is considered one of Harte’s best stories for its Western setting and description of the California Gold Rush time period. 



LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms


  • Harte, Bret



Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves


  • PS374 .S5



Circulating Books – A Selected List


  • Harte, Bret. The Luck of Roaring Camp: and Other Sketches. 1975.

                        Call Number:  PS1827 .A1 1975

  • Pattee, Fred Lewis. The Development of the American Short Story, a Historical Survey. 1975.

                         Call Number:  PS374 .S5 P3 1975

·         Voss, Arthur. The American Short Story: a Critical Survey. 1973.

                         Call Number:  PS374 .S5 V6



Reference Materials


  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction (Second Revised Edition)  – Call Number: REF PN3321 .C7 2001
    • Vol. 3, pg. 1135-37
  • Dictionary of Literary BiographyCall Number: REF PS221 .D5

o   Vol. 12, pg. 233-35

o   Vol. 64, pg. 95

o   Vol. 74, pg. 139

  • Masterplots II: Short Story Series (Revised Edition) Call Number: REF PN3326 .M27 2004

o   Vol. 6, pg. 3054-57

  • Short Story CriticismCall Number:  REF PN3321 .S5

o   Vol. 8, pg. 209-57

o   Vol.  59, pg. 300, 331-41

·         Short Stories for StudentsCall Number: REF PN3330 .S386

o   Vol. 3, pg. 235-51

  • Twentieth Century Literary CriticismCall Number: REF PN771 .G27

o   Vol. 1, pg. 340, 344

o   Vol. 25, pg. 192-93, 197-98, 200, 211-12, 214, 222-23



Research Databases

To access Valencia’s research databases, open your Atlas account, select ‘Search the Library’, then select ‘Databases A-Z’.


  • Academic Search Complete
  • Literature Resources from Gale



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