Wright Morris

2010 One Book One Nebraska

Reading throughout Nebraska

About the Book

The Home Place

Reproduced from the 1948 edition of The Home Place, the Bison Book edition brings back into print an important early work by one of the most highly regarded of contemporary American writers.

This account in first-person narrative and photographs of the one-day visit of Clyde Muncy to “the home place” at Lone Tree, Nebraska, has been called “as near to a new fiction form as you could get.” Both prose and pictures are homely: worn linoleum, an old man's shoes, well-used kitchen utensils, and weathered siding. Muncy’s journey of discovery takes the measure of the man he has become and of what he has left behind.

Book description source: University of Nebraska Press, Bison Book edition book jacket

Praise for The Home Place

“A Nebraska classic.” — Saul Bellow

“That Wright Morris in his photographs seems to produce an indecent invasion of the privacy of his text is a tribute to his accurate and selective descriptive powers. ” — New York Times

“A pathbreaking and still unique example of the integration of photographs and narrative text.” — Alan Trachtenberg

“An extremely able photographer and a first-rate writer.” — San Francisco Chronicle

“A fine piece of Americana.” — Library Journal

“A superb and . . . revolutionary wedding of prose and pictures, a kind of new art form.” — Omaha World-Herald

 

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