- Patrick D. Morrow
Harte, Bret (25 August 1836–05 May 1902), writer, was born Francis Brett Harte in Albany, New York, the child of Henry Harte, a teacher, and Elizabeth Ostrander. His heritage was a mixture of Dutch, English, Huguenot, and Jewish; his father was Roman Catholic, his mother Episcopalian. Frank, as he came to be called, spent much time indoors reading because of poor health. His formal schooling was minimal. After having been an instructor at the Albany Female Academy, his father turned to accepting seasonal teaching jobs, and the family became increasingly nomadic, finally settling in either 1844 or 1845 in Brooklyn, where Henry Harte died. Harte grew up reading ...