Louis Bromfield (1079 words)

  • Jayne Waterman

Louis Bromfield was a Midwestern-American writer and farmer whose wide-ranging career, straddling the literary, the commercial, and the agricultural, spanned over four decades from 1920-1956. Despite his early promise, gaining accolades such as the Pulitzer Prize (1927), the O Henry Memorial Short Story Award (1927), nomination to Vanity Fair’s Hall of Fame (1927), and membership to America’s National Institute of Arts and Letters (1928), Bromfield started to lose critical favour in the 1930s. He continued to write prolifically, in both fiction and non-fiction, commanding a large readership and best-selling status; however, critically Bromfield became increasingly neglected. This neglect was due, in part, to scathing reviews s…

Waterman, Jayne. "Louis Bromfield". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 June 2004
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