A BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE
was born in 1860, on a farm near the present site of West Salem,
Wisconsin. His father was Richard H. Garland, a native of Oxford County,
Maine. His mother, Isabelle Charlotte McClintock, was a native of
Coshockton County, Ohio. In 1868 the family emigrated across the
Mississippi into Winneshik County, Iowa. A year later they moved out on
the prairie of Mitchell County, Iowa. Here Hamlin me lived till he was
twenty-one years of age—and the life he lived is indicated in his
"Boy Life on the Prairie." He attended district school in
winter and worked on the farm during the summer, doing a man’s work
with a team, from the time he of was ten years of age.
When about sixteen he became a pupil at the Cedar Valley Seminary at
Osage, though working as usual on the farm during six months of each
year. He graduated in 1881 from this school and for two years tramped
through the Eastern States. His people having settled in Brown County,
Dakota, he drifted that way in the spring of 1883, and took up a claim
in McPherson County, where he lived for a year on the unsurveyed land.
In the fall of 1884 he sold his claim and returned to the East, to
Boston, intending to further qualify himself for teaching. He found a
helpful friend in Professor Moses True Brown of the Boston School of
Oratory. He became a pupil and little later on an instructor in this
school, and during 1885-6-7-8 and 9 taught he private classes in English
and American Literature, lecturing in and about Boston on Browning,
Shakespeare, The Drama, etc., writing and studying meanwhile in the
In 1887 he revisited his people in Dakota, Iowa, and Wisconsin. He
regards this trip as one marking an epoch in his life for he began to
write his Mississippi Valley stories at once. He produced a score of
poems and half as many stories of the prairies and the "Coolly
County" in the winter of 1887-8. In 1891 he published "Main
Travelled Roads." In ‘92 "Jason Edwards," "A
Member of the Third House," and "A Spoil of Office"; ‘93
In 1891 he made a series of trips into the west and in 1892 gave up
his home in Boston and took apartments in New York City for the winter.
In 1893 he decided to make his literary headquarters in Chicago, and
purchased a house in his native village, which has been his summer home
ever since. His parents returned to West Salem to live with him, though
his father continues still to manage a farm in Dakota.
In the spring of 1894 Mr. Garland published a volume of essays called
"Crumbling Idols." In 1895 he completed "Rose of Dutcher’s
Coolly," and entered upon the writing of a "Life of General
Grant." This work consumed two years’ time and demanded much
travel and personal research. In 1898 he published this biography and a
third volume of short stories called "Wayside Courtship."
In 1898, immediately alter completing the Grant life, Mr. Garland
went into the Yukon Valley overland. This trip consumed nearly six
months and forms the basis of a volume called "The Trail of the
Gold-Seekers." In 1899 he published "Boy-Life on the
Prairie." In 1900 "The Eagles Heart." In April, 1901, his
latest book, "Her Mountain Lover" appeared. In 1899 he married
Zulime Taft, daughter of Professor Don Carlos Taft, (formerly Professor
of Geology at Illinois State University) and sister of Lorado Taft the
sculptor. Mr. Garland is a member of the National Institute of Arts and
Letters and of the Players Club of New York City.
Song and Western Story, is a lecture depicting the old-time prairie
farm life illustrated by readings from "Main Travelled Raods,"
"Boy Life on the Prairie," "Prairie Songs" and
"Like James Whitcomb Riley and others of the younger group of
poets and novelists Mr. Garland has the power to read his own work
with dramatic fervor. He puts his characters before his audience, in
these readings, with the same fidelity with which he writes.
"The hush at noon; the silence broken by sharp cries of
tremolos of the birds; the strange dusks; the waving grasses; the
stately corn; the figures of the gray wolf, the bison and the Indian
slinking away, and the brave pioneer looming up in the horizon,—these
and other aspects of the plains are exhibited. The effect of /he
whole series of songs is like that of a loosely written but tremendous
epic of the prairies."—BOSTON TRAVELLER.
of the Trail, is the author’s favorite lecture, and is a
presentation of the dangers, the beauties, the exaltation and the love
of the trail. It sums up in prose and in verse, Mr. Garland’s
experiences with a pack train, in Colorado, Arizona, Montana, Washington
and British Columbia. It gives the signs, signals,
and significant happenings of the trail and expresses the almost
universal longing of the civilized man for the tepee and the running
in Art. In this lecture is developed another phase of Mr. Garland’s
thought. Here again he has enjoyed close companionship with the most
progressive men of the craft, and he presents the very latest word upon
painting and sculpture. He takes up Idealism, Literalism and
Impressionism as shown in the French, English, Scandinavian and American
groups, and discusses each method and its application to American art.
No subject has so little available literature concerning it as
Impressionism, and art clubs will find this lecture peculiarly valuable
because it sets forth in a lucid way, and in a layman’s language, the
most advanced theories of painting and sculpture.