These short stories, originally published in 1891, are set in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota, or what the Garland called the "Middle Border." They depict an agrarian life of exploitation, misogyny, and poverty. Garland's radical, realist stories refute romantic conceptions of the rural Midwest.
About the Author
Hamlin Garland was an American novelist, poet, essayist, and short story writer. He is best known for his fiction involving hard-working Midwestern farmers. Brianne Jaquette is a teacher and writer originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has a PhD in English from the University of Missouri and is interested in the nineteenth century, regionalism, and literature.
Table of Contents
A branch road - Up the cooly - Among the corn-rows - The return of a private - Under the lion's paw - The creamery man - A day's pleasure - Mrs. Ripley's trip - Uncle Ethan Ripley - God's Ravens - A "Good Fellow's" Wife