Edward Eggleston

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Edward Eggleston

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]

Eggleston was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1893.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6] 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


  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. Encyclopedia.com.
  3. ^ a b Chisholm 1911.
  4. ^ American Antiquarian Society Members Directory
  5. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  6. ^ "Edward Eggleston (obituary)" (PDF). The New York Times. September 6, 1902. Retrieved June 15, 2010.


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