A Son of the Middle Border

A Son of the Middle Border

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by Hamlin Garland, Alice Barber Stephens
     
 

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A classic of American realism, A Son of the Middle Border is the true coming-of-age odyssey of a farm boy who-informed by the full brute force of a homesteaders' life on the vast unbroken prairie-would become a preeminent American writer of the early twentieth century. Pulitzer Prize winner Hamlin Garland recounts in this captivating autobiography his journey from a…  See more details below

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A classic of American realism, A Son of the Middle Border is the true coming-of-age odyssey of a farm boy who-informed by the full brute force of a homesteaders' life on the vast unbroken prairie-would become a preeminent American writer of the early twentieth century. Pulitzer Prize winner Hamlin Garland recounts in this captivating autobiography his journey from a rural childhood to the study of literature and the sciences in Boston, his vital connections with such inspirations as William Dean Howells, and eventually his reclaimed sense of identity as a writer of the Midwest's beautiful yet hard land. This book definitively placed Garland among such regionalist writers as Willa Gather, Sherwood Anderson, and Theodore Dreiser.

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Library Journal
In this brace of literary autobiographies (the individual titles were released in 1921 and 1917, respectively), the Pulitzer Prize-winning Garland unfurled his life growing up in Wisconsin farm country and blazing a trail to the Northeast to study in Boston, where he crossed paths with many of the top writers of the day. Daughterresumes the story of his further adventures in the arts. Paris wasn't the only 1920s literary hot spot. Both New York and Boston had thriving artistic communities into which Garland drifted, meeting young artist Zulime Taft, whom he married. A wonderful piece of Americana.


—Michael Rogers

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781163201015
Publisher:
Kessinger Publishing Company
Publication date:
09/10/2010
Pages:
506
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.25(d)

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Hamlin Garland (1860–1940), author of more than 40 books, is best known for his short story collection Main-Travelled Roads. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1918 and won the Pulitzer Prize for literature in 1922.

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A Son of the Middle Border 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
readerimp More than 1 year ago
This autobiography is truly an enjoyable read, and the quality of the writing is excellent. The only drawback is in the formatting which has produced many typographical errors. But once one gets used to it, it becomes easy to decifer and worth the effort.
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Really enjoying this book as it gives so many insights to life during the 1800's as a child, and young adult trying to find a place in this world.  I was never bored reading this book and highly recommend to anyone who loves history, and especially what life was like for those living during this time period.    
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