Reynolds Price Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Reynolds Price Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Any reading of a number of Reynolds Price’s novels quickly demonstrates that Price’s work, throughout his career, has grappled with puzzling questions. Preeminent among these questions is the effect that families have on communities and on the broader societies outside the isolated communities that provide Price with his microcosms.

Focusing on a single region of North Carolina just south of the Virginia border, Price has moved beyond the limitations sometimes found in the works of regional writers. His work deals with universal themes, particularly with those that concern original sin and free choice; biological determinism, particularly as it is reflected in heredity; and the meanings of and relationships between...

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