Synopses & Reviews
Reynolds Price, novelist, poet, playwright and essayist, author of the bestseller andlt;Iandgt;Kate Vaidenandlt;/Iandgt; and the recent andlt;Iandgt;Roxanna Slade,andlt;/Iandgt; is one of the most accomplished writers ever to come out of the South. He is an author rooted in its old life and ways; and this is his vivid, powerful memoir of his first twenty-one years growing up in North Carolina. Spanning the years from 1933 to 1954, Price accurately captures the spirit of a community recovering from the Depression, living through World War II and then facing the economic and social changes of the 1950s. In closely linked chapters focusing on individuals, Price describes with compassion and honesty the white and black men and women who shaped his youth. The cast includes his young, devoted parents; a loving aunt; his younger brother Bill; childhood friends and enemies and the teachers who fostered and encouraged his love of writing. andlt;Iandgt;Clear Picturesandlt;/Iandgt; is an autobiography set apart from others by the author's clarity of vision, the power of his characters and the richness of his writing.
While recalling a childhood spent in the North Carolina countryside--the same landscape that has served as the setting for most of his many beloved novels--Reynolds Price shares powerful stories of the friends and family who helped shape his life into the man, and the writer, he is today.
About the Author
andlt;Bandgt;Reynolds Priceandlt;/Bandgt; (1933-2011)andnbsp;was born in Macon, North Carolina. Educated at Duke University and, as a Rhodes Scholar, at Merton College, Oxford University, heandnbsp;taught at Duke beginning in 1958 andandnbsp;was theandnbsp;James B. Duke Professor of English at the time of his death. His first short stories, and many later ones, are published in his andlt;iandgt;Collected Storiesandlt;/iandgt;. andlt;iandgt;A Long and Happy Lifeandlt;/iandgt; was published in 1962 and won the William Faulkner Award for a best first novel. andlt;iandgt;Kate Vaidenandlt;/iandgt; was published in 1986 and won the National Book Critics Circle Award. andlt;iandgt;The Good Priest's Sonandlt;/iandgt; in 2005 was his fourteenth novel. Among his thirty-seven volumes are further collections of fiction, poetry, plays, essays, and translations. Price is a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and his work has been translated into seventeen languages.
Table of Contents
andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;CONTENTSandlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;FOREWORDandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;1. THREE USEFUL LESSONSandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;2. AN OPEN HEARTandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;3. BLACK HELPandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;4. AN ABSOLUTE HUNTERandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;5. A NORMAL, ALL BUT FATAL, CHILDHOODandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;6. REAL COPIESandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;7. CREDIBLE LIGHTandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;8. A FINAL SECRETandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;AFTERWORD