Waters of Kronos by Conrad Richter
Foreword by David McCullough
Synopsis: From the time of its first publication in 1960, Conrad Richter's
Waters of Kronos sparked lively debate about the extent to which its
story of a belated return to childhood scenes mirrored key events of Richter's
own life. As was well known at the time, Richter had spent several years
in the Southwest, where he collected the material for his first successful
book, Early Americans and Other Stories, but by 1933, he had returned to
live in his hometown, Pine Grove, Pennsylvania. John Donner, the main protagonist
in The Waters of Kronos, traces a similar route from west to east,
although he finds that his family home and native town have been submerged
under the deep waters of a lake formed by the construction of a hydroelectric
dam. As Richter narrates his alter ego's efforts to salvage his past, he
moves beyond "semi-autobiography" to offer what are widely recognized as
his most haunting reflections upon the power of family history, the fragility
of human memory, and art's role in structuring the communal ethos. David
McCullough, a fellow Pulitzer Prize winner, met and befriended Richter
in the 1960s and has called him "an American master," praising The Waters
of Kronos as "his most beautiful book." McCullough has contributed
a foreword to this edition of The Waters of Kronos, which established
Richter as one of the literary giants of the United States.
Paperback from Pennsylvania State Univ Pr (Trd)
Book Published: February, 2003
Book Description: Alas, poor Satan. He's not happy. No one seems to
like or understand him; people have got him all wrong. And his relationship
with God is a hostile one. Unloved and misunderstood, he's come back to
Earth in search of a psychotherapist; he's prepared--if cured--to deliver
the all-important Great Answer.
In Jeremy Leven's wildly original comic novel, we follow the Prince
of Darkness through his seven amazing therapy sessions. And we watch him
grow increasingly well adjusted while his therapist, the unfortunate Dr.
Kassler, descends deeper and deeper into hell.
Paperback from iUniverse.com
Book Published: December, 2000
Road by Erskine Caldwell
First published in 1932, a tragic tale of a poor Georgia sharecropper
in the American South.
Paperback from University of Georgia Press
Book Published: February, 1995