Edward Eggleston


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born in Indiana, received a strict Methodist rearing and was educated in country schools. Both influences are important in his later writing. He was successively a Bible agent, a circuit-riding Methodist minister, a pastor of small churches, and a writer and editor of Sunday school and juvenile magazines. His novels include The Hoosier Schoolmaster (1871), marked by a pious sentimentalism but distinguished for its realism in depicting the backwoods country of Indiana; The End of the World (1872), an Indiana love story, whose background is concerned with the belief of the Millerites in an approaching day of doom; The Circuit Rider (1874), about a Methodist preacher in Ohio during the early 19th century, distinguished for its realistic exposition of the lawlessness of frontier society; and Roxy (1878), which is set in Indiana during the same period, and vividly contrasts pioneer and “poor-white” types.

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