Harte moved to California in 1853 and spent part of his life in a mining camp near Humboldt Bay (the current town of Arcata), a setting which provided material for some of his works. Although he was an American author and poet, who worked in a number of different professional capacities including miner, teacher, messenger and journalist, he was appointed as United States Consul in Krefeld, Germany and then to Glasgow in 1880. He spent thirty years in Europe, moving to London in 1885. Harte’s literary output improved while he was in Europe and helped to revive his popularity. Enjoy!