Edward Eggleston


Show Summary Details

Quick Reference


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.

Subjects: Literature.

Reference entries

See all related reference entries in Oxford Index »

Works by Edward Eggleston

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.