Francis Bret Harte (1836 – 1902) was a famous American author and poet mostly known for his short fiction stories about adventures of miners, gamblers, and other fine figures of the California Gold Rush. “Gabriel Conroy” by Bret Harte from a historical point of view, in fact, is considered the best and the first representative Californian novel. As well as in others Harte's stories and poems “Gabriel Conroy” relates about a “new land”. It is a land of future where individuals from all parts of the world search for gold in California, a period a known as “the Gold Rush”. That's the main plot of the story, desire to gain power and money in the indistinct land of prosperity.