Hamlin Garland

I received word today that the best lit blog on the Internet, The Millions, is going to publish my essay on the (sadly forgotten) writer Hamlin Garland. I’m thrilled. I wrote the piece after stumbling on “Under the Lion’s Paw” in an anthology, and then picking up a used copy of Garland’s debut collection of stories, Main-Travelled Roads, published to acclaim in 1891, but now fairly obscure. Garland was a Pulitzer Prize winner in 1922, and the stories that constitute the collection are actually pretty damn good (especially “Up the Coolly”—Garland wrote realist tales about midwestern farmers). Most of his works are in the public domain now, so you can read them for free on your iPad/Kindle/Nook/whatever.

So lots of thanks to the Millions.