Literature of the California Gold Rush Representative Works - Essay

Representative Works

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Warren Baer
The Duke of Sacramento (satire) 1856

Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe
The Shirley Letters [as “Dame Shirley”] (letters) 1854-55; published in the journal Pioneer

Walter Colton
Three Years in California (journal) 1850

Alonzo Delano
Pen Knife Sketches, or Chips from the Old Block (sketches) 1853
Life on the Plains and Among the Diggings (journal) 1854
Old Block's Sketch Book, or Tales of California Life (sketches) 1856
A Live Woman in the Mines; or, Pike County Ahead (drama) 1857
Alonzo Delano's California Correspondence (letters) 1952

George Horatio Derby
Phoenixiana; or Sketches and Burlesques (sketches) 1855
Squibob Papers (prose) 1865

Hamlin Garland
Crumbling Idols (essays) 1894

Francis Bret Harte
The Work on Red Mountain (novella) 1860
“The Luck of Roaring Camp” (short story) 1868
Two Men of Sandy Bar (drama) 1876

Charles E. B. Howe
Joaquin Murieta de Castillo, the Celebrated California Bandit (drama) 1858

Alfred T. Jackson
The Diary of a Forty-Niner (journal) 1906

Leonard Kip
The Volcano Diggings [as “A Member of the Bar”] (novel) 1849
California Sketches with Recollections of the Gold Mines (sketches) 1850

John Williamson Palmer
The Old and the New, or California and India in Romantic Aspects (sketches) 1859

George Washington Peck
Aurifodina; or, Adventures in the Gold Region [as “Cantell A. Bigly”] (novel) 1849

W. J. Pleasants
Twice Across the Plains, 1849-1856 (journal) 1906

John Rollin Ridge
The Life and Adventures of Joaquín Murieta, the Celebrated California Bandit [as “Yellow Bird”] (novel) 1854

Bayard Taylor
Eldorado; or, Adventures in the Path of Empire 2 vols. (journalism) 1850

Mark Twain (pseudonym of Samuel L. Clemens)
“Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog” (short story) 1865
The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Sketches (short stories and sketches) 1867
Roughing It (satire) 1871