Hamlin Garland

(2680 words)
  • Max Lester Loges (Lamar University)

Hamlin Garland was an American writer of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He is primarily known for his local color short stories set in the northern Midwestern section of the United States. Garland’s uniqueness as a writer rests in his attempt to portray farmers’ lives truthfully, not as an idyllic existence in a romantic, rustic setting, but rather as a life of backbreaking work conducted in a bleak, lonely environment, often in the most miserable of circumstances.

Garland was born in West Salem, Wisconsin, on September 14, 1860 to Richard and Isabelle McClintock Garland. His father soon left the family to fight for the Union in the American Civil War. Garland’s father, like many of his …

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Citation:
Loges, Max Lester. "Hamlin Garland". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 February 2009
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