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The Tyranny of the Dark

Hamlin Garland

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .East. He decided not to see her again, and posted a polite note saying he had been obliged to return to New York, and that he regretted his inability to call.

As he stood on the rear platform of his train next day, looking back up the cañon towards the shining crest of Colorow, he had a craven sense of having deserted a helpless young girl in the hour of her greatest trial.


Mr. Britt was right. Mrs. Lambert was very fond of Clarke—had, indeed, quite taken him into her heart. He was at once son and spiritual adviser, and his wishes had the force of commands. His bereavement could not have anguished her much more keenly had Adele been her own daughter, and this affliction still lay like a mist between them, preventing even a foreboding of his impending confession of desire. Her remembrance of the beauty and high character of his wife made Viola seem dou. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Interesting to see how Garland used his own personal research (as he recorded in "Forty Years of Psychical Research") to inform the novel's spiritualist elements. As in The Bostonians, Miss Ludington's Sister (Bellamy), The Undiscovered Country (Howells), a young female medium must be saved from her

I greatly admire Garland’s Main-Travelled Roads for its spare description of the Midwest in the post Civil War era. I’ve been less impressed by his more autobiographical writing, Son of the Middle Border, Daughter of the Middle Border, etc. because of the sentimentality. When I found Tyranny of the