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Wright Morris (1910–1998)

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Early in his career, Wright Morris was called by Mark Schorer "probably the most original young novelist writing in the United States." In 1968 Leon Howard wrote: "Wright Morris has been the most consistently original of American novelists for a quarter of a century." Since then, the University of visa mer Nebraska Press has brought out new editions of his first 17 novels. Although both critical and popular appreciation of his work continues to grow slowly, there is a general consensus that he ranks high among contemporary American novelists. Born in Central City, Nebraska, the Lone Tree of his fiction, Morris attended Pomona College in California and had an academic career chiefly at San Francisco State University until his retirement in 1975. Nebraska and California have provided the main settings for his work, but he has traveled widely here and abroad, and some of his best novels relate the picaresque odysseys made by engaging characters. For instance, his first novel, My Uncle Dudley (1942), is a fictionalized account of a trip to California with his father that motherless Morris made as a youth. When almost 30 years later Morris wrote about another east-to-west journey in Fire Sermon (1971), in which an old man and a boy encounter three young hippies, Granville Hicks called the book "simon-pure, dyed-in-the-wool honest-to-God Wright Morris of the very highest grade" (N.Y. Times). The Field of Vision (1956), which deals with "innocents abroad in Mexico," won the National Book Award for fiction in 1957 and ranks behind only Ceremony in Lone Tree (1960) as his most successful novel.Ceremony involves four generations at a family reunion as Morris ingeniously reconciles the past, present, and future in a story that avoids both nostalgia and the disillusionment of the you-can't-go-home-again theme that appears quite often in his other fiction. Critics attempting to define Morris's originality have emphasized his distinctive style---a Faulkner-like ability to draw characters that come alive as individuals, his cross-country Americanness, and a strong sense of place that may owe something to Morris's considerable gifts as a photographer. Morris's fine feeling for the conjunction of time and place is evident in his several books of photographs with text: The Inhabitants (1946), The Home Place (1948), God's Country and My People (1968), Photographs and Words, and Picture America (1982). Other nonfiction includes a collection of essays on contemporary social and political problems---A Bill of Rites, a Bill of Wrongs, a Bill of Goods (1967)---and two widely praised volumes of criticism---The Territory Ahead: Critical Iinterpretations in American Literature (1958) and Earthly Delights, Unearthly Adornments: American Writers as Image Makers. Two volumes of personal memoirs are Will's Boy (1981) and Solo: An American Dreamer in Europe, 1933--1934 (1983). (Bowker Author Biography) Writer and photographer Wright Morris was born in Central City, Nebraska on January 6, 1910. He was an English professor at San Francisco State College from 1963 - 1975. He wrote novels and photo-text books, which juxtapose photographs with fictional text. He won numerous awards including the 1956 National Book Award for The Field of Vision and the 1981 American Book Award for Fiction for Plains Song: For Female Voices. He died on April 25, 1998. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre

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Verk av Wright Morris

Plains Song: For Female Voices (1980) 214 exemplar
The Home Place (1948) 101 exemplar
The Field of Vision (1956) 90 exemplar
Ceremony in Lone Tree (1960) 66 exemplar
Love Among the Cannibals (1957) 52 exemplar
Will's Boy: A Memoir (1981) 39 exemplar
Fire Sermon (1971) 32 exemplar
God's Country and My People (1968) 31 exemplar
The Inhabitants (1656) 31 exemplar
The works of love (1605) 28 exemplar
In Orbit (1968) 26 exemplar
The Huge Season (1954) 23 exemplar
A Life (1973) 21 exemplar
Two for the Road (1994) 15 exemplar
The Territory Ahead (1963) 15 exemplar
Three Easy Pieces (1993) 14 exemplar
Cause for Wonder (1978) 14 exemplar
What a way to go (1979) 13 exemplar
My Uncle Dudley (1942) 13 exemplar
Real Losses, Imaginary Gains (1976) 13 exemplar
Man and Boy. (1951) 11 exemplar
THE DEEP SLEEP (1954) 10 exemplar
Wright Morris: a reader (1970) 10 exemplar
War games (1972) 8 exemplar
One Day (1976) 7 exemplar
Here is Einbaum (1973) 6 exemplar
The Man Who was There (1977) 4 exemplar
Le champ de vision (2023) (2023) 2 exemplar
Hombre y niño (2022) 1 exemplar
Man & Boy 1 exemplar
The origin of sadness (1984) 1 exemplar

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An enjoyable book with some lovely imagery and a few interesting insights into how we are shaped by and push against the spoken and unspoken expectations of society and family.
lschiff | 4 andra recensioner | Sep 24, 2023 |
While I grew up in the southern US, I have spent much of my life in the western states. I have met and grown to know well many people who grew up in this part of the country. Perhaps as a result, I have developed a real affection for stories of the West, everything from Steinbeck to Stegner to McMurtry and Haruf. Wright Morris has always been on my list, but this is the first I have read by him. I will say that there is nothing romanticized about Morris' take on pioneering of the West. Cora, the heroine, seems to be made from or made for the time and place, tough and she expects to work from pre-dawn to dark, but she also is always looking to improve life for herself and her family. Plains Song rings true for me in its depiction of Cora and of time and place.… (mer)
afkendrick | 4 andra recensioner | Oct 24, 2020 |
A slow paced and well written story of a family dominated by women atthe turn of the 20th century to the 1980's. Post-frontier farming in Nebraska was the setting for the lives of the Atkins family. The ties to the east, the immigrants,

The connection to the land were all part of their life's tapestry. Even the simpliest of lives told well is a good story.
JBreedlove | 4 andra recensioner | Dec 27, 2019 |
I picked this up recently at Too Many Books, in Roanoke, VA, a wonderful used book shop that also has some very pricey special volumes. This one wasn't expensive, but it was packaged in a plastic sleeve, suggesting there was something special about it, and that certainly proved to be the case.

It is an inspired combination of text and photographs (black & white) telling the story of a family's visit to the father's "home place", a farm where he spent summers as a child, and where his aged relatives, who he hasn't seen in nearly 30 years, still live. It takes place shortly after WWII, and for reasons that are not explained the visiting family is homeless, having left New York City with "no place to go". They contemplate moving into an empty house across the road from the home place. It is wrenching in its reality, its celebration of the stark beauty of ordinary, worn and tired objects and people; and it is full of dark humor, as when the two young children, totally out of their element, encounter fly paper for the first time, and become so totally entangled and stuck up that they must have their hair completely cut off, and their poor bald heads covered with straw hats before their mother sees them. This is fiction, but it feels like documentary, with each page of text faced with a photo. On the other hand, at times the poetry of this work took my breath away, largely because there is a "home place" in my life that in my youth was still about a half century behind the times, and some of my most vivid memories are rooted there. This quote from novel speaks very loudly to me: "The word beauty is not a Protestant thing. It doesn't describe what there is about an old man's shoes. The Protestant word for that is character. Character is supposed to cover what I feel about a cane-seated chair, and the faded bib...of an old man's overalls. Character is the word, but it doesn't cover the ground. It doesn't cover what there is moving about it, that is. I say these things are beautiful, but I do so with the understanding that mighty few people anywhere will follow what I mean. That's too bad. For this character is beautiful...there's something about these man-tired things, something added, that is more than character."

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