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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Hamlin Garland  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT

Born: September 16, 1860 in West Salem, Wisconsin


Illinois Connection

Garland settled in Chicago at the time of the 1893 World's Fair.

Biographical and Professional Information

Hamlin Garland was a novelist, poet, essayist, and short story writer. Garland lived as a homesteader in the Dakotas and resided in Boston, Chicago, and New York City. In Chicago, he became a major figure in the artistic development known as the "Chicago Renaissance." He was a pioneer in American fictional realism. His book ''Rose of Dutcher's Coolly'' is about a girl from rural Wisconsin who pursues a career as a poet in Chicago. It is considered by some to be his best novel.

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-- *Name engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures, 1990