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Reynolds Price (1933–2011)

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Reynolds Price (February 1, 1933 - January 20, 2011), born Edward Reynolds Price in Macon, North Carolina, was an American poet, novelist, dramatist, essayist and James B. Duke Professor of English at Duke University. After graduating from Duke University in 1955, he won a Rhodes scholarship to näytä lisää study at Oxford University. Despite being living as a paraplegic after receiving radiation treatment for a spinal tumor since the mid-1980s, he produced approximately one book a year. His first novel, A Long and Happy Life (1962) won the William Faulkner Award. His other works include The Names and Faces of Heroes, Clear Pictures: First Loves, First Guides, A Whole New Life, and The Good Priest's Son. Kate Vaiden won the National Books Critics Circle Award. His plays have been produced on stage and on PBS's American Playhouse. He died due to complications of a heart attack on January 20, 2011 at the age of 77. (Bowker Author Biography) Reynolds Price, the author of numerous volumes of fiction, poetry, memoir, plays, essays, & translation, has won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the William Faulkner Award, & the Levinson, Blumenthal, & Tietjans poetry awards. A member of the American Academy of Arts & Letters & a regular commentator on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered", he lives in Durham, North Carolina. (Publisher Provided) näytä vähemmän

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Image credit: Reynolds Price, an English professor at Duke University and author of more than 30 books, winner of a National Book Critics Circle Award and other honors


Tekijän teokset

Kate Vaiden (1986) 489 kappaletta
Three Gospels (1996) 354 kappaletta
Roxanna Slade (1998) 295 kappaletta
A Long and Happy Life (1961) 281 kappaletta
The Promise of Rest (1996) 264 kappaletta
The Surface of Earth (1975) 153 kappaletta
Tongues of Angels (1990) 140 kappaletta
Good Hearts (1988) 132 kappaletta
Blue Calhoun (1992) 116 kappaletta
The Source of Light (1981) 114 kappaletta
The Good Priest's Son: A Novel (2005) 99 kappaletta
Noble Norfleet: A Novel (2002) — Tekijä — 79 kappaletta
The Collected Poems (1997) 61 kappaletta
The Foreseeable Future (1991) 55 kappaletta
A Perfect Friend (2000) 50 kappaletta
A Generous Man (1966) 47 kappaletta
Mustian: Two Novels and a Story (1983) 41 kappaletta
Love and Work (1777) 38 kappaletta
The Names and Faces of Heroes (1963) 37 kappaletta
Midstream: An Unfinished Memoir (2012) 29 kappaletta
A Common Room, Essays 1954-1987 (1987) 28 kappaletta
Permanent Errors (1970) — Tekijä — 27 kappaletta
The Use of Fire (1990) 25 kappaletta
The Laws of Ice (1986) 14 kappaletta
New Music: A Trilogy (1990) 12 kappaletta
Full Moon and Other Plays (1993) 11 kappaletta
Vital Provisions (1982) 10 kappaletta
August Snow (1991) 7 kappaletta
Duke (1998) 5 kappaletta
Early Dark (1977) 5 kappaletta
The good news according to Mark (1976) 5 kappaletta
Back Before Day (1989) 4 kappaletta
Home Made (1990) 4 kappaletta
Private Contentment (1984) 4 kappaletta
Torso of an archaic Apollo (1969) 2 kappaletta
Ein ganzer Mann (1992) 1 kappale
Night dance 1 kappale
Faggots 1 kappale
House Snake (1986) 1 kappale
The Annual Heron 1 kappale
Una lunga vita felice (2019) 1 kappale

Associated Works

Solomonin laulu (1977) — Johdanto, eräät painokset10,930 kappaletta
Immediate Family (1992) — Jälkisanat — 373 kappaletta
The Best American Essays 2001 (2001) — Avustaja — 237 kappaletta
The Best American Short Stories 1992 (1992) — Avustaja — 225 kappaletta
Modern American Memoirs (1995) — Avustaja — 189 kappaletta
The Best American Poetry 1996 (1996) — Avustaja — 171 kappaletta
The Best American Poetry 1998 (1998) — Avustaja — 162 kappaletta
The Best Spiritual Writing 1998 (1998) — Avustaja — 101 kappaletta
The Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology (1997) — Avustaja — 99 kappaletta
Out on the Porch (1992) — Johdanto — 95 kappaletta
Bear Pond (1990) — Avustaja — 69 kappaletta
Southern Dogs and Their People (2000) — Avustaja — 39 kappaletta
New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, 1991 (1991) — Avustaja — 33 kappaletta
The Best American Short Stories 1964 (1964) — Avustaja — 25 kappaletta
New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, 1994 (1994) — Avustaja — 19 kappaletta
Son of Man: Great Writing About Jesus Christ (2002) — Avustaja — 17 kappaletta
The Best American Short Stories 1975 (1975) — Avustaja — 15 kappaletta
The Best American Short Stories 1976 (1976) — Avustaja — 14 kappaletta
A Portrait of Southern Writers: Photographs (2000) — Avustaja — 13 kappaletta
Inward Journey (1987) — Avustaja — 11 kappaletta
American Short Fiction, Spring 1991 (1991) — Avustaja — 3 kappaletta

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Kanoninen nimi
Price, Reynolds
Virallinen nimi
Price, Edward Reynolds
Macon, North Carolina, USA
Durham, North Carolina, USA
complications from a heart attack
Macon, North Carolina, USA (birth)
Duke University (B.A.|1955)
Oxford University (Merton College ∙ B.Litt ∙ |1958|British Literature ∙ Creative Writing)
short-story writer
translator (näytä kaikki 7)
American Academy of Arts and Letters (Literature ∙ 1988)
Fellowship of Southern Writers (charter member)
Duke University
Palkinnot ja kunnianosoitukset
American Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award (Literature, 1971)
William Faulkner Award for notable first novel for A Long and Happy Life (1962)
National Book Critics Circle Award
Rhodes Scholar
University Medal for Distinguished Meritorious Service (1987)
Lyhyt elämäkerta

Reynolds Price was born in Macon, North Carolina in 1933. Educated in the public schools of his native state, he earned an A.B. summa cum laude from Duke University; and in 1955 he traveled as a Rhodes Scholar to Merton College, Oxford University to study English literature. He returned to Duke where he taught for over fifty years. He was James B. Duke Professor of English, and published more than thirty books. He also pursued a life-long interest in ancient languages and Biblical scholarship. He was invited to the White House during President Clinton's first term, and wrote lyrics for two songs by James Taylor. A paraplegic since treatment for a spinal tumor in 1984, he died on January 20, 2011, from an apparent heart attack.



Price was a critically esteemed novelist and longtime Duke University professor, but more interestingly to me he wrote several books in his later decades of life sharing his religious experiences and beliefs. He had an individualist approach to a form of liberal Christianity deeply informed by a handful of mystical experiences with the divine which he was not embarrassed to write about, perhaps something of a surprise given his social and academic position.

In this slim but extremely rich volume Price is writing to his godson in hopes of providing him with something useful to consult as part of his own future spiritual life. This may seem odd given that he writes here that he is possessed of the suspicion that written arguments are useless in transmitting faith; that faith must be personally experienced, with a generally popularly unacknowledged necessity of God actively bringing a person closer to Him, which He does not always seem to do (though figures such as Aquinas, Calvin, Kierkegaard, and Barth are said to discuss this).

Nevertheless, Price shares his own experiences and beliefs that evolved from them. He writes of being six or seven years old when
In brief, in a single full moment, I was allowed to see how intricately the vast contraption of nature all round me - and nature included me, my parents a few yards away in the house, all the animal life in the dense surroundings, and every other creature alive on Earth - was bound into a single vast ongoing wheel by one immense power that had willed us into being and intended our futures, wherever they might lead through the pattern, the enormous intricately woven pattern somehow bound at the rim and cohering for as long as the Creator willed it... At my age then, of course, I couldn't have conceived a thing of such perfect complexity on my own; nor could I have described the gift I'd received in any such words. But memory tells me that the description is honest.
And here I think of a curious French book by the 20th Century French journalist and intellectual Andre Frossard called Dieu existe, je L'ai rencontré. Frossard, an incurious atheist, writes about being a young adult and walking into a chapel one day looking for a friend and suddenly, in an instant, being given an astonishing vision of God and of an ordered universe with purpose. One minute, atheist, the next, stunned convert. Price here recounts something quite similar. I'm fascinated by these stories, and immensely curious about them.

Price goes on to talk about his journey in a personal sort of faith as he grew up, eschewing a church community, feeling more comfort in an empty church or alone in nature. He counsels against an "unadmirable appetite for display [that] was part of formal worship", not connecting it with Matthew 6:5-6 (do not pray in public like the hypocrites to be seen, but in private... if I may paraphrase) but a clear echo. He admits that finding a church home is not necessarily bad and may provide good, but clearly be wary of being led astray by an organized group of people claiming to speak in God's name. His suspicion of churches likely grows out of seeing the white Southern churches in operation during Jim Crow days, but is still an interesting perspective. He does not however attempt to wrestle with how one can be a "Christian in isolation" in what is really a strongly communitarian faith.

He counsels his godson to stick to and grow in the faith tradition he was given. He writes that there was nothing in his visions communicating that Christianity is the only or approved way to approach the Creator, and other faith traditions are of equal value and worth, but that it is best to approach the divine through the stories and traditions of one's birth.

He discusses the relationship of his beliefs to his career. Mostly he tried to keep them separate, both because of his idiosyncratic approach to his faith and because he didn't want to scare off those for whom talk of Jesus, God, Christianity is off-putting. But that the moral values of his faith, especially the compassion demonstrated by Jesus, has been the bedrock of his career.

Famously recounted in more depth elsewhere, Price was diagnosed with spinal cancer at 51. A surgery was unsuccessful, and was followed by radiation treatments that largely defeated the cancer but left him paralyzed from the waist down and in constant pain the rest of his life. Between the surgery and radiation he had another astonishing vision.
It's enough to say here that I was half-upright in my bed; then suddenly without apparent transport - and I was certainly not dreaming - I was lying on the stony shore of a huge lake. I knew at once that I was by the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinnereth, as it's called in modern Israel) and in a moment, a man whom I knew to be Jesus had silently beckoned me into the water with him.

In another moment - still silent - he was washing the foot-long wound from the failed surgery that had gouged for hours deep into my spinal cord; that wound was also the proposed site of my weeks of radiation. At last Jesus spoke, only a four-word sentence - "Your sins are forgiven." But nearly overwhelmed as I'd been by a month of surgery and the discouraging aftermath, I pushed onward for the answer I most wanted - "Am I also healed?" As if I'd forced it from him, he said only "That too."... The experience ended there as inexplicably as it came. It had been nonetheless a long moment as vivid as any other in my life - and as undeniable in its force.

My conviction, more than twenty years after that second vision, is that the experience was in some crucial sense real. In a human action that apparently lasted no longer than two minutes, I was essentially healed. By healed I mean that I was repaired in the sense that a man I had every reason to trust had guaranteed me a long stretch of ongoing vigorous existence. The fact that my legs were subsequently paralyzed by twenty-five X-ray treatments... was a mere complexity in the ongoing narrative which God intended me to make of my life.

Fascinating stuff.

To his godson, he cannot promise any such experiences. And he doubts the ability of written accounts to transmit faith either. Nevertheless he hopes his godson will be a curious seeker, and to that end recommends a good amount of reading, including of course the ancient Hebrew and Christian texts, as well as Aquinas and St. Francis of Assisi, and exploration among the great religious painters and composers of later ages (Gorecki, Pärt, etc.). And to begin trying to talk to God, out loud (though not around others, you might be dragged off). Listen for answers. And if they come, examine them with great care.
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lelandleslie | Feb 24, 2024 |
Brillian fictional memoir of a girl who is lost, impregnated and makes very tough decision to leave her family, here loves, and her baby. The author really gets into the protagonist's head and her experience of her culture.
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brianstagner | 12 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 9, 2023 |
Good story of a young woman.
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kslade | 5 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 29, 2022 |
too much about memories?when under 5.
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