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Books set in Indiana. This group of 60+ modern books by major publishers, free and online, was found in a search for ‘Indiana Fiction’ in the Internet Archive book collection. The metadata in their database entries indicates that these are books that take place in Indiana. Be patient as the page loads. Some authors are: Karen Kingsbury, Jean Shepherd, Gail Giles, Gene Stratton-Porter, Shirley Jump, Jeanne M. Dams, Kate Collins, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, Sara Hoskinson Frommer, Franklin Dixon, Jason Robert Brown, Michael Martone, M. E. Rabb, Wanda E. Brunstetter, Susan Lewis, Juanita Coulson, Philip Gulley, Maris Soule, Joe L. Hensley, Joshua Elder, Jo Ann Ferguson, Edward Kelsey Moore. Books set in Indiana, books that take place in Indiana.
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Boston: Houghton, Mifflin 1905
Andy Adams (1859-1935) was born in Whitley County, IN and raised on a family farm, but left for Texas as a young man, where he spent 10 years as a cowhand. From there he went to Colorado to try mining. At some point he took up writing and produced several successful books.
Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill 1921
Grace Caroline Alexander (1872-?) was born in Indianapolis, and was a teacher in the public schools there for many years. From 1891 to 1903 she also was a music critic and editorial writer for the Indianapolis News, and after 1904, a reader for the book publisher Bobbs-Merrill. Books set in Indiana, books based in Indiana.
NY: Grossett & Dunlap 1906
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Boston: Bobbs-Merrill 1919
The scene of the story is laid in Indiana in the late forties of the last century. The hero is a young man known as the Pearlhunter to his companions along the Wabash and he himself does not know his own name. Ever since he can remember he has lived with his mother among the pearl fishers. She is a woman of refinement, but he knows nothing of her past. She tells him part of her history, but her death cuts it short, and he goes out into the world nameless. The story has to do with the unraveling of this mystery and with the adventures that follow his finding of the wonderful pearl, known as the Blue Moon.
“This is a reckless swashbuckling story indeed. But there is very little false sentiment in it. It is human but never trite.”
– The Book Review Digest. Books set in Indiana, books that take place in Indiana.
Chicago: Schulte 1891
Dwight Le Roy Armstrong (1854-1927) was born in Plymouth, IN and was educated in the local schools. He attended Indiana University for a time, but left to take a newspaper job. After working as a reporter he became a newspaper editor in Lafayette for 10 years, leaving in 1905 for Salt Lake City, where he continued to edit newspapers. Besides fiction, he also wrote histories and biographies.
Boston: Houghton, Mifflin 1900
A Civil War story. Books set in Indiana, Indiana novels.
NY: Dodd, Mead 1892
“On Halloween night in a dead-end town in Indiana, local cop Lawrence discovers the body of a three-year-old girl, dressed as an angel, who appears to be the victim of a hit-and-run accident. Called into a private meeting with the mayor, Lawrence is told to steer the investigation away from a Star athlete, who is set to quarterback a championship game. But as the investigation spirals out of control, the body count mounts, and Lawrence discovers an astounding level of hypocrisy at work among the town’s most prominent citizens.” Booklist. Books set in Indiana.
Craven, Roger Carey
Boston: C.M. 1909
De Vries, Peter
“A story of a Polish-American family in the midwest. The first narrator is the father, a furniture mover, married to a religious fanatic. He endures a 12-year hangover when he thinks he has disgraced the family. The second narrator is the son, whose story revolves around a split personality caused by a religious mother and an anti-religious father. Mr. De Vries is actually writing a serious commentary on the foibles of man.” – Library J
Dumont, Julia L.
NY: Appleton 1856
Julia Louisa Cory Dumont (1794-1857) was raised in New York by a widowed mother. She arrived in Vevay, IN in 1814 with her husband, where she began a long dual career; as an inspiring and revered teacher, and as a popular and respected author. You can find a biographical article about her by Skelcher, Lucille Detraz and Jane Lucille Skelcher at the Indiana Cultural History page of this site.
Eggleston, George Cary
NY: Putnam 1875
Historical fiction, about the War of 1812 and Tecumseh’s war. Books set in Indiana.
Eggleston, George Cary
Boston: Lothrop 1904
Books set in Indiana.
NY: Grosset & Dunlap. 1871
“The Hoosier schoolmaster is a young man who undertakes the management of the Flat Creek school. He fights the boys; “boards roun’ ” with their parents; incurs the hostility of a gang of horse-thieves and burglars, who have at their head the principal physician among the Flat Crickers; narrowly escapes lynching at the hands of a mob instigated by the robbers..”
The band of thieves such as still here and there infest the Western country, keeping grand juries in awe, electing or killing sheriffs, and necessitating or instigating lynch-law executions; the “protracted meeting”; the spelling school in the evening; the “rough and tumble” fights; the brutality and sodden vulgarity of the ruder part of the community; the jumble of religious sects–something of these things which all once were of the West, if not precisely the West itself, is, on the whole, not ill sketched by Mr. Eggleston”.
– The Atlantic. Books set in Indiana, books based in Indiana.
Edward Eggleston (1837-1902) was born in Vevay, Indiana. He was both a novelist and a historian, authoring several texts of U.S. history.
See a profile of Eggleston in: Vedder, Henry C., American Writers of To-day in Century Past Collective Biographies: Authors Q – Z
NY: Scribner’s Sons 1900
See the biographical note on Eggleston at his other novel, above. Books set in Indiana.
NY: Dodd, Mead 1879
Martha Finley (1828-1909) was born in Chillicothe, OH; daughter of a doctor. Her family moved to South Bend, IN when she was eight years old, where she was educated in private schools. She then conducted a school of her own. In 1854 she moved east, living in Philadelphia and New York where she taught school and wrote newspaper stories and Sunday-school books. During the Civil War she began producing novels that became bestsellers.
Boston: Roberts Brothers 1877
Books set in Indiana.
“In the last year of the Civil War, headstrong southern belle Janet Todd secretly works to rally support for the Sons Of Liberty, a revolutionary conspiracy aiming to turn the northwest Union states into a second Confederacy. Her chief recruiting prospect is the dashing Major Paul Stapleton, a battle-scarred Union officer who is disillusioned by the grisly tactics of his army.” Booklist
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French, James Strange
NY: Harper 1836
James Strange French (1807-1886) was a lawyer, novelist, and later a hotel keeper. He was educated at William and Mary and the University of Virginia, then read law with his uncle Robert French in Fayetteville, North Carolina. In 1831, French represented Nat Turner, as well as a number of other slaves accused of participating in Nat Turner’s slave rebellion. He was the author of at least one other novel, Sketches and Eccentricities of Col. David Crockett of West Tennessee (1833).