|Hamlin Garland, a Pulitzer Prize winner and author of more than forty
books, was a central figure in American literary life for half a century. He was
intimately involved with many of the major literary, social, and artistic movements in
American culture, and his extensive correspondence with the intellectual leaders of
American culture was almost unparalleled in scope.
This volume brings together a rich,
representative sample of Garlands letters. They are addressed to an impressive
roster of individuals: Samuel Clemens, William Dean Howells, Walt Whitman, Zona Gale,
Theodore Roosevelt, Van Wyck Brooks, Howard Mumford Jones, Brander Matthews, Stephen
Crane, George Washington Cable, and many others. The letters touch on an equally broad
range of subjects, from the U.S. governments reprehensible treatment of Native
Americans to environmental issues to the major literary figures and controversies of
Frank, opinionated, and wide-ranging, Garlands letters provide a valuable and
entertaining portrait of American cultural and intellectual life in the years between 1890
Keith Newlin is an associate professor in the Department of English at the University
of North Carolina at Wilmington and author of Hamlin Garland: A Bibliography, with a
Checklist of Unpublished Letters.
Joseph B. McCullough is a professor in the Department of English at the University of
Nevada, Las Vegas. He is the editor of Hamlin Garlands Tales from the Middle
Border and the coeditor of The Bible According to Mark Twain: Writings on Heaven,
Eden and the Flood.
592 PP. 5 3/4 x 9 1/4, 14 photographs, index
$55.00 cloth 0-8032-2160-6 GARSEL
Also by Hamlin Garland
1995. xxi, 247 pp.
$12.00 paper 0-8032-7058-5 GARMAX