Peter Stoneley (essay date 1996)
SOURCE: “Rewriting the Gold Rush: Twain, Harte and Homosociality,” in Journal of American Studies, Vol. 30, No. 2, 1996, pp. 189-209.
[In the following essay, Stoneley focuses on the theme of male-male relationships in the works of Bret Harte and Mark Twain, illustrating how these gold rush writers reflected the changing nature of homosocial ties in the American West during the mid- to late-nineteenth century.]
For adventurous young men, the experience of the gold rush was one of transformation. The most keenly-sought transformation was from “not wealthy” to “fabulously wealthy,” but the literature, histories and memoirs of the era point toward a much more...
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