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By H. L. Weatherby, George Core

This number of essays dedicated to the centrality of position within the brief tales and novels of a few of the 20 th century's most renowned American writers used to be conceived to be able to honor the lifestyles and occupation of Walter Sullivan, an writer for whom position used to be principal either in his fiction and in his serious writing. The works explored during this quantity diversity from the center West realism of Fitzgerald and Powers to the desolate tract imaginative and prescient of Faulkner and the historic and political fiction of Warren.

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They eagerly copied down his testimony, and some people even elected to believe it. Imaginary places, emerald cities at the ends of yellow brick roads, have always been part of our sense of place. Sometimes imaginary history, and at its heart an imaginary sense of place, not only haunts our lives with ghostly voices and echoes but is, finally, stronger, even more accurate than the cut, shuffled, and dealt world of hard facts. Having lived long enough, I have inevitably witnessed things, experienced them, that later, in the hands of others, as past history, were rearranged to suit the pleasure and purposes of “objective” observers, historians who, never deviating from factual “accuracy,” nevertheless have turned the truth completely upside down.

Later, when I was deeply engaged, for thirty-odd years, in creating an Elizabethan trilogy and searching to understand the language of that time and then to echo and to translate that slightly more elevated, even elegant level of speech, all through those days, while not completely abandoning my other habits (in either fiction or poetry), I wrote looser if not “freer” verses focused on less “poetic” subjects and sources. These things seem to have depended on each other. Just so, one cannot escape from the good and bad habits of the age, its customs, conventions, and stereotypes.

Everything we built and planted, every mark we made on this place is gone. ” For the next decade or so the survivors all slept for safety in garrison houses. And they planted crops and rebuilt their village. A lot of their work stands there to this day. By the way, the first encounter with the Abenaki war party occurred at first light when a young boy, checking a line of traps, came upon a great pile of their snowshoes. He was shortly captured but lived to tell about it. He was the third Arthur Bragdon of York, Maine.

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