Edward Hoagland, American Essayist and Novelist
~ American essayist and novelist ~
Cat Man, 1956
The Circle Home, 1960
The Peacock’s Tail, 1965
The Courage of Turtles, 1971
The Moose on the Wall, 1974
The Tugman’s Passage, 1982
City Tales, 1986
Seven Rivers West, 1986
Heart's Desire, 1988
Balancing Acts, 1992
Tigers & Ice, 1999
Compass Points, 2001
Hoagland on Nature, 2003
Early in the Season, 2008
Sex and the River Styx, 2011
Alaskan Travels, 2012
Children Are Diamonds, 2013
The Devil's Tub, 2014
"A treasure on multiple levels, the
novel leads us into its protagonist's sensory world with such ease, in-timacy, and humor the 83-year-old Hoagland—who is going blind him-
self—seems to be in our thoughts as much as we are in his. The incom-parable Hoagland's 25th book is not only one of the most rewarding
novels of the year, it's also one of the sexiest."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred)
“Exquisite... a masterful work.”
(May 25, 2017)
(April 20, 2017)
(November 17, 2016)
(October 20, 2016)
(September 21, 2016)
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 books:
"Edward Hoagland's collected stories
are dazzling... the perfect pitch, the empathy
and real-world awareness... The writer cor-
nered me and dragged me into this glorious,
furious, believable yet incredible mess. I'm on
the sidelines, totally involved... every story has
its own intrinsic logic, every conclusion its
understated and elegant power punch. Read this
book, please." --Ann Beattie
Discover Edward Hoagland's latest essays:
New Letters, Winter/Spring 2017
The New Yorker, October 22, 2016
"The Mysteries of Attraction"
The American Scholar, Autumn 2015
"The Little Tramp"
New Letters, Spring/Summer 2015
New Letters, Summer 2014
"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."
"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."
"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."
"One of the very best writers of his generation."
If you would like to contact Mr. Hoagland,
you can reach him at the following address:
P.O. Box 51
Barton, VT 05822
Or you can telephone him at (508) 627-8803