Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Conrad Richter’s fiction has received very little critical attention in recent years. What qualities in his works can account for this neglect?

What do The Light in the Forest and A Country of Strangers say about racial relations in the United States?

How do the ideas explored in The Mountain on the Desert help in understanding Richter’s fiction?

What is Richter’s fiction saying about the relationship of the past to the present?

How is the Ohio trilogy unified thematically?

One of Richter’s major strengths is said to be his skill at characterization. Analyze the complexities of one of his protagonists.