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In recognition of his achievements in literature, Hamlin Garland (1860–1940) received four honorary doctorates and a Pulitzer Prize. Keith Newlin traces the rise of this prairie farm boy with a half-formed ambition to write who then skyrocketed into international prominence before he was forty. His life is a story of ironic contradictions: the radical whose early achievement thrust him to the forefront of literary innovation but whose evolutionary aesthetic principles could not themselves adapt to changing ...
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Hamlin Garland

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In recognition of his achievements in literature, Hamlin Garland (1860–1940) received four honorary doctorates and a Pulitzer Prize. Keith Newlin traces the rise of this prairie farm boy with a half-formed ambition to write who then skyrocketed into international prominence before he was forty. His life is a story of ironic contradictions: the radical whose early achievement thrust him to the forefront of literary innovation but whose evolutionary aesthetic principles could not themselves adapt to changing conditions; the self-styled “veritist” whose credo demanded that he verify every fact but whose credulity led him to spend a lifetime seeking to confirm the existence of spirits. His need for recognition caused him to cultivate rewarding friendships with the leaders of literary culture, yet even when he attained that recognition, it was never enough, and his self-doubt caused him fits of black despair.
 
The first and only other biography of Hamlin Garland was published more than forty years ago; since then, letters, manuscripts, and family memoirs have surfaced to provide, along with changing literary scholarship, a more evaluative and critical interpretation of Garland’s life and times. Hamlin Garland: A Life is an exploration of Garland’s contributions to American literary culture and places his work within the artistic context of its time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803217713
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author


Keith Newlin is a professor of English at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and coeditor of the journal Studies in American Naturalism .  He is the coeditor of Selected Letters of Hamlin Garland (Nebraska 1998) and the editor of the forthcoming book by Isabel Garland Lord, A Summer to Be, A Memoir by the Daughter of Hamlin Garland.
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Prologue: March 14, 1940

1 Return of the Private, 1860-68 7

2 Boy Life on the Prairie, 1868-81 17

3 Dakota Homesteader, 1881-84 40

4 Boston Mentors, 1884-85 62

5 The Earnest Apprentice, 1886-87 77

6 Single-Tax Realist, 1888 93

7 Life under the Wheel, 1888-89 116

8 Main-Travelled Roads, 1889-91 134

9 Table Rapper, 1890-92 148

10 The Campaign for Realism, 1893 170

II The Iconoclast, 1893-94 185

12 Western Horizons, 1895 201

13 "Ho, for the Klondike!" 1896-98 217

14 The End of the Trail, 1899-1902 238

15 Adrift, 1903-7 263

16 "A Born Promoter," 1907-14 280

17 A Son of the Middle Border, 1914-17 307

18 Out of Step with the Moderns, 1918-30 327

19 The Historian, 1919-29 348

20 Fortunate Exile, 1929-40 375

Notes 405

Index 469

Index of Works by Hamlin Garland 486

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