Wright Morris Essay - Wright Morris Long Fiction Analysis

Wright Morris Long Fiction Analysis

A novelist who has been read more—and surely appreciated more—in Europe than in his own country, Wright Morris explored the legacies of heroism and nostalgia, the dreams and delusions examined by earlier twentieth century American writers. Another concern of Morris, whose novels seldom display violence, is the rise of violence in America. His narratives often take place within a twenty-four-hour time period, suggesting the capture of a finite period of time as the photographer captures a finite space with a camera. This limitation of time unifies Morris’s novels, which are more intimately related by the device of recurring characters. Indeed, David Madden and other critics have suggested that one must read Morris’s entire...

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