Hamlin Garland: A Life

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U of Nebraska Press, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 490 pages
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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Contents

1 Return of the Private 186068
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2 Boy Life on the Prairie 186881
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3 Dakota Homesteader 188184
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4 Boston Mentors 188485
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5 The Earnest Apprentice 188687
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6 SingleTax Realist 1888
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7 Life Under the Wheel 188889
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8 MainTravelled Roads 188991
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13 Ho For the Klondike 189698
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14 The End of the Trail 18991902
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15 Adrift 19037
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16 A Born Promoter 190714
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17 A Son of the Middle Border 191417
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18 Out of Step with the Moderns 191830
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19 The Historian 191929
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20 Fortunate Exile 192940
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9 Table Rapper 189092
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10 The Campaign for Realism 1893
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11 The Iconoclast 189394
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12 Western Horizons 1895
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About the author (2008)

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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