~ American essayist and novelist ~

Children Are Diamonds: An African Apocalypse, Edward Hoagland's most recent novel, has been reviewed in The New York Times:

"Children Are Diamonds is the latest addition to a
remarkable collection of books about the war
in southern Sudan, including Aidan Hartley's
Zanzibar Chest, Deborah Scroggins's Emma's
, and Dave Eggers's What Is the What.  Like
them, Hoagland's novel evokes the time and
place with haunting imagery."

Read the entire review here.

Edward Hoagland (born December 21, 1932, in New York, New York) is an author best known for his nature and travel writing.  His non-fiction has been widely praised by writers such as John Updike, who called him "the best essayist of my generation," and Joyce Carol Oates: "Our Chopin of the genre."

Hoagland joined the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1951 and sold a novel about this experience, Cat Man, before graduating from Harvard in 1954.  After serving two years in the Army, he published The Circle Home, a novel about the boxing world of New York.  Soon after, he  took the first of his nine trips to Alaska and British Columbia.  During the 1970s he made the first two of his five trips to Africa.  After receiving two Guggenheim Fellowships, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1982. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Mr. Hoagland has taught at The New School, Rutgers, Sarah Lawrence, CUNY, the University of Iowa, U.C. Davis, Columbia University, Beloit College, Brown, and Bennington, beginning in 1963 and retiring in 2005.

 Discover Edward Hoagland's latest book:

Children Are Diamonds
Arcade Publishing, 2013

"The ferocious lucidity of Hoagland’s language and
the depth of his characters as they navigate pol-
itical complexity, hellish violence, endless fear,
persistent desire, and desperate calculations of sur-
vival make for a shattering tale of epic suffering,
bitter irony, and miraculous flashes of beauty."
--Donna Seaman, Booklist

"Quite simply, a masterpiece."
--Garrison Keillor

"A national treasure."
--Thomas McGuane

 Discover Edward Hoagland's latest essays:

"Peace and War"
New Letters, Summer 2014

"On Loneliness"
The American Scholar, Spring 2014

"Hippies and Beats"
New Letters, Fall 2013

"Pity Earth's Creatures"
The New York Times, March 23, 2013

"On Friendship"
The American Scholar, Winter 2013

"He is a marvelous writer...generous, full of odd detail, very moving...to read two pages of Hoagland at random is to know immediately that you are in the hands of a supremely tough-minded man and a man of perfect honesty."


"A writer born, a writer obsessed."

--Alfred Kazin

"Edward Hoagland is a strong, solid writer with a splendid feel for the intricacy, queerness and stubborn pertinacity of life. He is also, so far as I know, the best essayist working in our perishing republic."

--Edward Abbey

"America's most intelligent and wide-ranging essayist-naturalist."

--Philip Roth, London Sunday Times

"Edward Hoagland is a natural. His essays flow like running water, pure and clear."

--Studs Terkel

"One of the very best writers of his generation."

--Saul Bellow

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