(1833–1900), Vermont author, began in 1877 to write sketches on rural sports and the simple life he knew as a farmer. His first book, Forest and Stream Fables (1886), was followed by such collections as In New England Fields and Woods (1896), Hunting Without a Gun and Other Papers (1905), and Silver Fields and Other Sketches of a Farmer-Sportsman (1921). His appreciation of the scenery of his native state, understanding of the Vermont farmers and English-speaking French Canadians, and sensitive ear for their dialects made him an important writer in the local-color tradition. These qualities and his typical Down East humor and homely philosophy are best exhibited in his collections of fiction, including Uncle Lisha's Shop: Life in a Corner of Yankeeland (1887); Sam Lovel's Camps: Uncle Lisha's Friends Under Bark and Canvas (1889); Danvis Folks (1894); Uncle Lisha's Outing (1897); A Hero of Ticonderoga (1898); A Danvis Pioneer (1900), a story of the Green Mountain Boys; and Out of Bondage and Other Stories (1905). He also wrote Vermont: A Study of Independence (1892). The “Centennial Edition” of his works (7 vols., 1933–36) contains many formerly uncollected sketches and stories.
From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.