Hamlin Garland

Hamlin Garland, 1860–1940, American author, b. near West Salem, Wis. He grew up in the Middle Western farmlands, the region he later wrote about in verse, stories, and autobiography. His tales, collected as Main-travelled Roads (1891), Prairie Folks (1893), and Wayside Courtships (1897), were bitter pictures of the futility of farm lives. Besides realistic novels of the prairies—A Little Norsk (1892) and Rose of Dutcher's Coolly (1895), he wrote several propagandist novels, including Jason Edwards: An Average Man (1892), urging the single tax doctrine, and A Spoil of Office (1892), supporting the Populist party. Garland is perhaps best remembered for his two autobiographical works, A Son of the Middle Border (1917) and A Daughter of the Middle Border (1921, Pulitzer Prize). He was also the author of essays, a biography of President Grant (1898), and several books on spiritualism.

See biography by J. Holloway (1960, repr. 1971).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Hamlin Garland: Selected full-text books and articles

Hamlin Garland's Early Work and Career By Donald Pizer University of California Press, 1960
FREE! A Son of the Middle Border By Hamlin Garland The Macmillan Company, 1917
Roadside Meetings By Hamlin Garland The Macmillan Company, 1930
The Critical Reception of Hamlin Garland, 1891-1978 By Charles L. P. Silet; Robert E. Welch; Richard Boudreau Whitston, 1985
Hamlin Garland, a Biography By Jean Holloway University of Texas Press, 1960
Being a Boy Again: Autobiography and the American Boy Book By Marcia Jacobson University of Alabama Press, 1994
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Hamlin Garland"
American Literary Naturalism: A Divided Stream By Charles Child Walcutt Greenwood Press, 1956
Librarian’s tip: Chap. III "Adumbrations: Harold Frederic and Hamlin Garland"
The Autobiography of David Crockett By Hamlin Garland; David Crockett Charles Scribner's Sons, 1923
My Friendly Contemporaries: A Literary Log By Hamlin Garland The Macmillan Company, 1932
Back-Trailers from the Middle Border By Hamlin Garland The Macmillan Company, 1928
The Book of the American Indian By Hamlin Garland Harper & Brothers, 1923
Trail-Makers of the Middle Border By Hamlin Garland The Macmillan Company, 1926
Companions on the Trail: A Literary Chronicle By Hamlin Garland; Constance Hamlin Garland Macmillan, 1931
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