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Bret Harte

1836 - 1902

The American poet and short story writer, Bret Harte, is best known for his short fictions featuring figures of the California Gold Rush such as miners, misfits, gamblers, … As a writter, he helped create the local-colour school in the American fiction. He was also praised by Andrew Carnegie in his book Round the World as "America […] most distinctively national poet."
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Hamlin Garland

1860 - 1940

American novelist, poet, essayist and short story writer, Hamlin Garland is generally acknowledged for his fictional works involving hard-working Midwestern farmers.
He was made member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1918 and won the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 1922 with his book A Daughter of the Middle Borde
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Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

1852 - 1930

American writer of the local colour movement, Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman was a self taught woman who started writing as a teenager to help support her family.
She is very famous for her stories about frustrated lives in New England villages and for her strong female characters who contested contemporary ideas concerning what female roles, values and relationships should be in society