Conrad Richter Essay - Conrad Richter Long Fiction Analysis

Conrad Richter Long Fiction Analysis

Conrad Richter’s qualities as a writer are partly described by the title of one of his late novels, A Simple Honorable Man. Although the book is about his father, the same terms might be used to characterize Richter’s fiction, which is simple, concise, and concerned with basic virtues. Thus, it is something of a paradox that Richter’s novels and stories are underpinned by a rather complex theory of human life and history, and that these philosophical, quasi-scientific ideas provide a conceptual framework over which the characters, plots, and settings of his fiction are stretched like a covering fabric. Another major tendency of Richter’s fiction is that it is intensely autobiographical, deriving from family...

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