Thursday, December 24, 2009

Harte, Bret. The Heathen Chinee. Illustrated by Sol Eytinge, Jr. Boston, published by the James R. Osgood and Company, 1871.

Harte, discouraged after failing to stop the publication of the unauthorized Western News Company edition with its illustrations (which distorted his satirical message), resigned himself to its success and capitalized on its ill-begotten popularity. On April 29, 1871, the first authorized version of his poem with illustrations by Sol Eytinge Jr., the staff illustrator at James R. Osgood & Co., was published in the popular American illustrated magazine, Every Saturday. This Authorized Version enjoyed the same success as the Western News Company version, but without the misleading graphic illustrations depicting mob violence against Ah Sin.

BH 90-466

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