Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Heathen Chinee. Fac-simile of the original written for the Overland Monthly...Together with the Corrected Letter Press. San Franci

First published in the September 1870 issue of “The Overland Monthly,” which was edited by Harte himself, Harte uses a game of Euchre as the setting to satirize the prevailing sentiments that America was being “ruined by Chinese cheap labor.” Although the poem’s success prompted many unauthorized reprints it also prompted the original publisher to reprint the poem in a more attractive format, similar to the original magazine publication, but with a portrait of Harte on the cover.

BH 99-165

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