Edward Eggleston

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Edward Eggleston
Born(1837-12-10)December 10, 1837
Vevay, Indiana, U.S.
DiedSeptember 3, 1902(1902-09-03) (aged 64)
Lake George, New York, U.S.
Notable worksThe Hoosier Schoolmaster (1871)
ChildrenElizabeth Eggleston Seelye

Edward Eggleston (December 10, 1837 – September 3, 1902) was an American historian and novelist.[1]


Eggleston was born in Vevay, Indiana, to Joseph Cary Eggleston and Mary Jane Craig. The author George Cary Eggleston was his brother. As a child, he was too ill to regularly attend school, so his education was primarily provided by his father. He was ordained as a Methodist minister in 1856.[2] He wrote a number of tales, some of which, especially the "Hoosier" series, attracted much attention. Among these are The Hoosier Schoolmaster, The Hoosier Schoolboy, The End of the World, The Faith Doctor, and Queer Stories for Boys and Girls.[3]

He wrote many articles for the children's magazine The Little Corporal, and in 1866, he worked as an editor for the periodical. In December 1866 he accepted a higher-paying editorial position at The Sunday School Teacher.[4]

Eggleston was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1893.[5]

His boyhood home at Vevay, known as the Edward and George Cary Eggleston House, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.[6]

His summer home, Owl's Nest, in Lake George, New York, eventually became his year-round home.[3] Eggleston died there in 1902, at the age of 64.[7] Owl's Nest was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1971. His daughter, the writer, Elizabeth Eggleston Seelye, was married to Elwyn Seelye, the founder of the New York State Historical Association.

Principal works[edit]

Eggleston's childhood home in Vevay


  • The Hoosier Schoolmaster (1871)
  • The End of the World (1872)
  • The Mystery of Metropolisville (1873)
  • The Circuit Rider (1874)
  • Roxy (1878)
  • The Graysons (1888)
  • The Faith Doctor (1891)
  • Duffels (short stories) (1893)


Illustration from The Hoosier Schoolboy
  • Mr. Blake's Walking Stick (1870)
  • Tecumseh and the Shawnee Prophet (1878)
  • Pocahontus and Powhatan (1879)
  • Montezuma (1880)
  • The Hoosier Schoolboy (1883)
  • Queer Stories for Boys and Girls (1884)
  • Stories of Great Americans for Little Americans (1895)
  • Home History of the United States (1889)


  • A History of the United States and Its People (1888)
  • The Beginners of a Nation (1896)
  • The Transit of Civilization From England to America (1901)
  • New Centennial History of the United States (1904)


  • Christ in Art (1875)


  1. ^ Bridges, Karl (2007). 100 great American novels you've (probably) never read. Popular authors series. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 978-1-59158-165-9. Retrieved 2009-09-30.
  2. ^ Edward Eggleston. {{cite book}}: |work= ignored (help)
  3. ^ a b Chisholm 1911.
  4. ^ Kelly, R. Gordon, Children's Periodicals of the United States, pages 277 - 282, Greenwood Press, 1984
  5. ^ American Antiquarian Society Members Directory
  6. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  7. ^ "Edward Eggleston (obituary)" (PDF). The New York Times. September 6, 1902. Retrieved June 15, 2010.


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