Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

How does the tension between past and present create conflict in Wright Morris’s fiction?

How does Morris use fiction to create a sense of time and place?

How do photography and fiction commingle in his photo-texts?

Why does Morris use multiple narrative techniques in his work?

Many of his characters struggle to come to grips with experience (for example, Charlie Munger, Lois McKee, Cora Atkins, Tom Scanlon). How does Morris use such characters to develop themes in his fiction?

Many of Morris’s novels are comic. How does he create humor in his fiction?

Morris has been called one of America’s most original writers. What is original or novel in the way he creates fiction?