Gerald W. McFarland
A native Californian, Gerald W. McFarland received his BA from the University of California, Berkeley (1960) and his doctorate in U.S. history from Columbia University (1965). He taught at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for forty-four years. During that time he published four nonfiction books on various topics: U.S. national politics in the late 19th century, American families in westward migration, a true-crime story from Vermont in the early 1800s, and a history of pre-World War I Greenwich Village during the decades when it became America's Bohemia. He received many honors, including a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Since his retirement in 2008, he has turned to writing fiction and has published three novels in the Buenaventura Series that are set in early eighteenth-century New Mexico.
Awards and Recognition
- "What the Owl Saw" was a Finalist for a New Mexico-Arizona Book Award (2015) in the Best Adventure Novel category.
- "The Last of Our Kind" was a finalist for a 2017 Chanticleer Book Reviews Chaucer Award, Best Historical Novel on a pre-1750 Americas subject.
- John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 1978-1979
- The Colonial Dames of America cited "A Scattered People" as one of the best three books in American history published in 1985.