Hamlin Garland


Birthday September 14, 1860

Birth Sign Virgo

Birthplace West Salem, WI

DEATH DATE Mar 4, 1940 (79)

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An author and poet who wrote about the lives of Midwestern farmers, he is especially known for works such as Main-Travelled Roads (1891), Prairie Folks (1892), and Jason Edwards: An Average Man (1892).

Before Fame

After moving around to different homesteads with his family, he settled in Boston, attaining early success with a short story collection entitled Main-Travelled Roads.


His novels were all colored by his "veritism" style, in which he consciously described the real social forces influencing his fictional characters.

Family Life

He was born on a farm near West Salem, Wisconsin, and he grew up as the second of four children.

Associated With

In addition to his novels, he wrote a popular serialized biography of Ulysses S. Grant for McClure's Magazine.