Francis Bret Harte was an American author and poet, who worked in a number of different professional capacities including miner, teacher, messenger and journalist before turning to full time writing in 1871. He became famed for his short fiction featuring gold diggers. “Mrs. Skaggs Husbands and Other Stories” is a volume of short stories, published in 1873. The action takes place in the American West at the end of the 19th century. The volume of witty, sometimes heart-rending tales will be pleasant for fans of short fiction. Ambrose Bierce called Harte's humor "incomparable," and the highlights of Harte's oeuvre helped establish the foundations of western American fiction. Enjoy the reading.