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"HAMLIN GARLAND (1860-), American writer, was born at West Salem, Wis., Sept. 16 1860. His father, a farmer, migrated to Iowa, where the boy grew up. He graduated from the Cedar Valley Seminary, Osage, at the age of 21, and taught for a year in Illinois. In 1883 he took up a claim in Dakota; but the following year went to Boston, where he read diligently in the public library and turned to story writing. In 1887 he revisited the scenes of his boyhood, and the drudgery of farm life in the Middle West furnished him with abundant material for his realistic tales. His works include Main Travelled Roads (1891); Prairie Folks (1892); A Member of the Third House (1892); A Spoil of Office (1892); Rose of Dutcher's Cooley (1895); Boy Life on the Prairie (1899); Her Mountain Lover (1901); The Captain of the Gray Horse Troop (1902); The Long Trail (1907); Money Magic (1907); Cavanagh (1909); Other Main Travelled Roads (1910); Victor Olnee's Discipline (1911); The Forester's Daughter (1914); A Son of the Middle Border (1917) and A Daughter of the Middle Border (1921). He was made a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1918.

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