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Charles W. Chesnutt's The Conjure Woman (1899) uses the tall tale and frame narrative forms to examine life in the American South of the nineteenth century.
Bret Harte's "The Outcasts of Poker Flat" (1869) and "The Luck of Roaring Camp" (1868) offer portraits of life in mining camps and on the American frontier.
In the title story of the 1993 collection One Good Story, That One, Native-American writer Thomas King satirizes the importance of storytelling in anthropological studies and the conflicts that occur between white society and Native Americans. In this tale, the narrator hoodwinks his white audience by telling how, supposedly according to his tribe's beliefs, the world was created.
Mark Twain's success as a satirist and sketch-writer was further established by his 1869 book The Innocents Abroad; or, The New Pilgrim's Progress, in which he wrote of his experiences and observations while travelling through the Middle East and Europe with a group of well-to-do Americans.
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