Eggleston, Edward at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:
U.S. novelist and historian. Born in Vevay, Ind., he became an itinerant preacher at 19; he later held various pastorates and edited several periodicals. He realistically portrayed backwoods Indiana in The Hoosier School-Master (1871). His other novels include The End of the World (1872), The Circuit Rider (1874), Roxy (1878), and The Graysons (1888). He then turned to writing history; his Beginners of a Nation (1896) and Transit of Civilization from England to America (1900) contributed to the growth of the study of social history.