Sailing the Inland Sea

Sailing the Inland Sea : On Writing, Literature, and Land

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Calling on the image of the Midwest's vanished inland sea, Susan Neville has written a compelling collection of essays that ponder writing and the "landlocked imagination." The essays range from interviews with Indiana writers Kurt Vonnegut, Scott Sanders, Marguerite Young, and others, to discussions on techniques grounded in a Midwestern sensibility. As director of Butler University's Visiting Writers Series, Neville has had the rare opportunity to converse with such literary giants as Salman Rushdie, Ray Bradbury, and Toni Morrison, and some of those exchanges have been incorporated into this exciting new more

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.1 x 17.8mm | 317.52g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253219027
  • 9780253219022

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A native Hoosier, Neville celebrates place and her home state's considerable contributions to the literary world. The essays are eclectic, engaging, and entertaining. . . . Highly recommended for all libraries with large collections on creative writing and for all libraries in the Midwest. * Library Journal *show more

About Susan S. Neville

Susan Neville is a native Hoosier and professor of English and creative writing at Butler University. Her books include Indiana Winter (IUP, 1994), Falling Toward Grace: Images of Religion and Culture from the Heartland (edited with J. Kent Calder) (IUP, 1998), and Iconography: A Writer's Meditation (IUP, 2003). She is also on the faculty of the Warren Wilson Program for Writers in North Carolina. She lives in Indianapolis, more

Table of contents

ContentsIntroduction1. On the Banks of Lost River2. Where the Landscape Moved Like Waves: An Interview with Marguerite Young 3. River of Spirit: An Interview with Dan Wakefield 4. Sacred Space in Ordinary Time 5. Quaker Zen: On Jessamyn West's Friendly Persuasion 6. Vonnegut: An Interview with Kurt Vonnegut 7. Free Singers/Be: On Etheridge Knight 8. On Wildness and Domesticity: An Interview with Scott Russell Sanders 9. The Gospel According to Lish10. Imagination 11. On Being Fierce 12. Monopoly Houses: On John McPhee's In Search of Marvin Gardens 13. Sailing the Sea in New Harmony Indiana: On Digression in Creative Nonfiction 14. Driving Famous Writers Around I465 15. Leaping Across the Canyon: On Writing 16. Where's Iago? 17. Saturation: On Climate, Politics, and Sex in Magic Mountain and Snow Country (or the Ballad of the S.A.D. Cafe) 18. Time Capsules: On Time in Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop 19. The Apprenticeship of Flannery O'Connor 20. The Gift of Fire: A Meditation on Art and Madness 21. On Common Ground: Indiana Literature and the Land 22. The Economy of Peaceshow more

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