The Return of a Private

The Return of a Private

Hamlin Garland / Sep 21, 2019

The Return of a Private A man in a blue coat with a musket on his back was toiling slowly up the hill on the sun bright dusty road toiling slowly with bent head half hidden by a heavy knapsack So tired it seemed that w

  • Title: The Return of a Private
  • Author: Hamlin Garland
  • ISBN: 9780886825836
  • Page: 399
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A man in a blue coat, with a musket on his back, was toiling slowly up the hill, on the sun bright, dusty road, toiling slowly, with bent head half hidden by a heavy knapsack So tired it seemed that walking was indeed a process of falling So eager to get home he would not stop, would not look aside, but plodded on, amid the cries of the locusts, the welcome of the crickeA man in a blue coat, with a musket on his back, was toiling slowly up the hill, on the sun bright, dusty road, toiling slowly, with bent head half hidden by a heavy knapsack So tired it seemed that walking was indeed a process of falling So eager to get home he would not stop, would not look aside, but plodded on, amid the cries of the locusts, the welcome of the crickets, and the rustle of the yellow wheat Getting back to God s country, and his wife and babies

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      • Hamlin Garland

        From Hannibal Hamlin Garland September 14, 1860 March 4, 1940 was an American novelist, poet, essayist, and short story writer He is best known for his fiction involving hard working Midwestern farmers.Hannibal Hamlin Garland was born on a farm near West Salem, Wisconsin, on September 14, 1860, the second of four children of Richard Garlin of Maine and Charlotte Isabelle McClintock The boy was named after Hannibal Hamlin, then candidate for vice president under Abraham Lincoln He lived on various Midwestern farms throughout his young life, but settled in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1884 to pursue a career in writing He read diligently in the public library there His first success came in 1891 with Main Traveled Roads, a collection of short stories inspired by his days on the farm He serialized a biography of Ulysses S Grant in McClure s Magazine before publishing it as a book in 1898 The same year, Garland traveled to the Yukon to witness the Klondike Gold Rush, which inspired The Trail of the Gold Seekers 1899 He lived on a farm between Osage, and St Ansgar, Iowa for quite some time Many of his writings are based on this era of his life.A prolific writer, Garland continued to publish novels, short fiction, and essays In 1917, he published his autobiography, A Son of the Middle Border The book s success prompted a sequel, A Daughter of the Middle Border, for which Garland won the 1922 Pulitzer Prize for Biography After two volumes, Garland began a second series of memoirs based on his diary Garland naturally became quite well known during his lifetime and had many friends in literary circles He was made a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1918.After moving to Hollywood, California, in 1929, he devoted his remaining years to investigating psychic phenomena, an enthusiasm he first undertook in 1891 In his final book, The Mystery of the Buried Crosses 1939 , he tried to defend such phenomena and prove the legitimacy of psychic mediums.A friend, Lee Shippey, columnist for the Los Angeles Times, recalled Garland s regular system of writing he got up at half past five, brewed a pot of coffee and made toast on an electric gadget in his study and was at work by six At nine o clock he was through with work for the day Then he breakfasted, read the morning paper and attended to his personal mail After luncheon he and Mrs Garland would take a long drive Sometimes they would drop in on Will Rogers, Will Durant, Robert Benchley or even on me, for their range of friends was very wide After dinner they would go to a show if an exceptionally good one were in town, otherwise one of their daughters would read aloud.Garland died at age 79, at his home in Hollywood on March 4, 1940 A memorial service was held three days later near his home in Glendale, California His ashes were buried in Neshonoc Cemetery in West Salem, Wisconsin on March 14 his poem The Cry of the Age was read by Reverend John B Fritz.The Hamlin Garland House in West Salem is a historical site.


    240 Comments

    1. A good example of Nineteenth Century naturalism in American literature is Hamlin Garland’s short story, “The Return of a Private.” Naturalism in literature describes the fiction, or the dominant elements in fiction, whereby environmental forces outweigh or overwhelm the human agency. Emile Zola and Darwinian biology helped to contribute to the naturalism movement. Emile Zola, a French author who supported social change, promoted naturalism via his significant work, Le Roman Experimental. O [...]


    2. Stories end was a bit downhearted. Not a lot of exploration of what it is like to be a soldier returning home. Like the topic, was underwhelmed by the lack of complexity of the story.


    3. I had a test on it in college -_- thanks to God, i had 15/20.This short story gives you a brief view of the war's effects on the soldiers and their families. I like the main character " private smith " and his determination and power of will. This guy is a Badass, brave and courageous.



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