Harte, Brett

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Harte, Brett Gender: M
Hart, Francis Brett
born on 25 August 1839 at 04:12 (= 04:12 AM )
Place Albany NY, USA, 42n39, 73w45
Timezone LMT m73w45 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating DD
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 01°26' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 07°45 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 18°12'


American-British editor, writer and journalist, a great western story-teller about life in the early California mining camps. With little education, he drifted into journalism in 1854, becoming the first editor of "Overland Monthly," 1868. His works fill 20 volumes.

In 1898, his wife Anna, whom he'd not seen for 30 years, arrived in England, disturbing his self-imposed exile. Involved in a relationship with Marguerite Van de Velde, a wealthy Belgian widow, Harte rejected Anna and she went on to visit her daughter in Paris.

Harte's health was declining rapidly. He was crippled by neuralgia and his chronic painful throat was aggravated by his cigarettes. In January 1902, gaunt and in constant pain, he sought the sea air at Southsea, but it did no appreciable good. He returned to London in March for a throat operation that revealed deep, inoperable cancer. He spent several weeks in his rooms, then went with his lover to her home in Surrey. There, he rallied briefly and worked on what he said would be the best story he had ever done. After completing only two paragraphs, he collapsed with a throat hemorrhage, and died in the late afternoon of 5/05/1902 with Mrs. Van de Velde by his side. His wife and his lover met for the first time at his graveside, where his tombstone is inscribed to Mrs. Van de Velde, "In faithful remembrance."


  • Death by Disease May 1902 (Throat cancer, age 62)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Work : New Job 1868 (Editor of "Overland Monthly")
  • Work : New Job 1854 (First started journalism)

Source Notes

Penfield Collection quotes Sabian Symbols No.435 (no time given). Two encyclopedias give 8/25/1836


  • Vocation : Writers : Publisher/ Editor (Editor)
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist (Journalist)
  • Traits : Mind : Education limited
  • Notable : Book Collection : American Book
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer (Throat)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One)
  • Family : Relationship : Cohabitation more than 3 yrs (Mistress for many years)