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Garland in His Own Time
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In his heyday, Hamlin Garland had a considerable reputation as a radical writer whose realistic stories and polemical essays agitating for a literature that accurately represented American life riled the nation’s press. Born in poverty and raised on a series of frontier farms, Garland fled the rural Midwest in 1881 at age twenty-one. When his stories combining the radical economic theories of Henry George with realistic depictions of farm life appeared as Main-Travelled Roads in 1891, reviewers praised his method but were disturbed by the bleak subject matter. Four years (and eight books) later, his frank depiction of sexuality in his novel of the New Woman, Rose of Dutcher’s Coolly (1895), made Garland even more controversial.


After realizing he couldn’t make a living from such realistic works, Garland turned first to biography, then to critically panned but commercially popular romances set in the mountain west, and eventually to autobiography. In 1917 he published A Son of the Middle Border, a remarkable autobiography in which he combined the story of his life to 1893 with the story of U.S. westward expansion, to considerable critical acclaim and large sales. Its 1921 sequel, A Daughter of the Middle Border, received the Pulitzer Prize for biography.


Although the author eventually wrote no fewer than eight autobiographies, he showed little awareness of the effect of his strong personality upon others. The sixty-six reminiscences in Garland in His Own Time offer an essential complement to his self-portrait by giving the perspectives of family, friends, fellow writers, and critics. The book offers the contemporary reader new reasons to return to this fascinating writer’s work. 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xxx
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  1. Chronology
  2. pp. xxxi-xxxviii
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  1. [Garland’s Iowa, Dakota, and Boston Years, 1874–1890]
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  1. [Garland in Dakota in 1883]
  2. pp. 9-12
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  1. [Discussing Garland with Walt Whitman, 1888–1889]
  2. pp. 13-20
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  1. [Garland as a Teacher in 1889]
  2. pp. 21-22
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  1. [Garland as a Teacher in 1890]
  2. pp. 23-24
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  1. [Garland in Boston, 1889–1890]
  2. pp. 25-34
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  1. [Garland and The Arena, 1890]
  2. pp. 35-37
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  1. [Garland at the Populist Convention in 1892]
  2. pp. 38-40
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  1. [Garland as a Radical in 1892]
  2. pp. 41-82
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  1. [Journal Comments on Garland in 1893]
  2. pp. 42-43
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  1. [The Battle of the Realists and Romanticists in 1893]
  2. pp. 44-47
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  1. [Garland in West Salem, 1893–1915]
  2. pp. 48-51
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  1. [Garland as a West Salem Resident, 1893–1915]
  2. pp. 52-56
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  1. [An Alternate View of Garland in West Salem, 1893–1915]
  2. pp. 57-58
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  1. [Letters about Garland, 1894]
  2. pp. 59-62
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  1. [Satiric Commentary on Garland, 1895–1899]
  2. pp. 63-65
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  1. From “I State My Views on Taxation” (1896)
  2. pp. 66-68
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  1. [Satiric Commentary on Garland in 1896]
  2. pp. 69-71
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  1. [Garland in London in 1899]
  2. pp. 72-73
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  1. [Garland’s Marriage, 1899–1906]
  2. pp. 74-78
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  1. From “On the Trail with Hamlin Garland” (1907)
  2. pp. 79-86
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  1. From “Mr. Garland’s Books” (1912)
  2. pp. 87-90
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  1. [Letter about Interviewing Garland in 1915]
  2. pp. 91-93
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  1. [Garland at the Cliff Dwellers in 1915]
  2. pp. 94-95
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  1. [Life in the Garland Home, 1916]
  2. pp. 96-101
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  1. “An Appreciation of Hamlin Garland” (1917)
  2. pp. 102-103
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  1. [Garland and the Automobile in 1920]
  2. pp. 104-105
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  1. [Letter about Garland in New York in 1921]
  2. pp. 106-107
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  1. From “Hamlin Garland — The Hardy of the West” (1926)
  2. pp. 108-116
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  1. [Journal Comments on Garland in 1929]
  2. pp. 117-119
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  1. From “Text of Sinclair Lewis’s Nobel Prize Address at Stockholm” (1930)
  2. pp. 120-122
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  1. [Journal Comments on Garland in 1931]
  2. pp. 123-129
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  1. [Garland in California, 1931–1933]
  2. pp. 130-134
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  1. [Garland’s Work Habits, 1932]
  2. pp. 135-136
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  1. [Letter Commenting on Garland in California in 1933]
  2. pp. 137-138
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  1. [Garland’s Seventy-third Birthday, 1933]
  2. pp. 139-140
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  1. [Diary Impressions of Garland in 1933]
  2. pp. 141-145
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  1. [Letter about Garland in Wisconsin, 1935]
  2. pp. 146-148
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  1. [Journal Comments on Garland in 1936]
  2. pp. 149-155
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  1. [The Hamlin Garland Memorial, 1936]
  2. pp. 156-158
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  1. [Garland and Psychic Investigation, 1937]
  2. pp. 159-162
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  1. “Hamlin Garland, Active at 77, Enjoys Life in California Home” (1938)
  2. pp. 163-168
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  1. [Letter about a Visit with Garland in 1938]
  2. pp. 169-171
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  1. [Garland’s Final Days in 1940]
  2. pp. 172-175
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  1. [Letters about the Death of Garland, 1940]
  2. pp. 176-177
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  1. "Hamlin Garland as I Knew Him” (1940)
  2. pp. 178-180
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  1. “My Friend Hamlin Garland” (1940)
  2. pp. 181-182
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  1. “A Little Story of a Friendship” (1940)
  2. pp. 183-185
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  1. “Hamlin Garland: Delightful Host” (1940)
  2. pp. 186-188
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  1. “Hamlin Garland” (1942)
  2. pp. 189-191
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  1. [Letter about Garland and His Brother, 1950]
  2. pp. 192-194
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  1. From Dome of Many-Coloured Glass (1955)
  2. pp. 195-196
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  1. [A Literary Tribute, 1960]
  2. pp. 197-198
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  1. [A Tribute from a McClure’s Apprentice, 1960]
  2. pp. 199-240
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  1. [A Tribute from Garland’s MacmillanEditor, 1960]
  2. pp. 200-201
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  1. [On Garland and His Fans, 1960]
  2. pp. 202-203
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  1. “Hamlin Garland and the University ofSouthern California” (1960)
  2. pp. 204-205
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  1. [On Garland’s Early Praise, 1960]
  2. pp. 206-247
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  1. “Like the Postman, Fame Rang His Doorbell Twice” (1960)
  2. pp. 207-209
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  1. [A Tribute from the Editor of the Rotarian, 1960]
  2. pp. 210-211
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  1. [Garland as a Father, 1960]
  2. pp. 212-213
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  1. [On Garland’s Later Years, 1960]
  2. pp. 214-216
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  1. [A Tribute from the Editor of Bookman, 1960]
  2. pp. 217-219
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  1. From My Life in Publishing (1965)
  2. pp. 220-223
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  1. From An Autobiography (1965)
  2. pp. 224-265
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  1. From “A Memoir: Hamlin Garland” (1968)
  2. pp. 225-232
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 233-238
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  1. Permissions
  2. pp. 239-242
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 243-250
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