Writing from the Center

Writing from the Center

Scott Russell Sanders
Distribution: World
Publication date: 07/22/1997
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-21143-9
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Winner Great Lakes Book Award, 1996

Winner Great Lakes Book Award, 1996

... essays of substance and beauty... they belong beside the work of Annie Dillard, Samuel Pickering, and Wendell Berry." —Library Journal

His essays are so good one is tempted to stand up and applaud after reading them." —Body Mind Spirit

How can one live a meaningful, gathered life in a world that seems broken and scattered?" That is the question Scott Sanders probes in this book. Writing from the Center is about one very fine writer’s quest for a meaningful moral life. The center he seeks and describes is geographical, emotional, artistic, and spiritual—and it is rooted in place. The geography is midwestern, the impulses are universal. Where and how do we find meaning? Where does a writer find inspiration? How can personal, artistic, family, and community needs be blended to create a harmonious life? What aids exist in such a "located" life against despair? How should a writer relate to and represent his place?

Author Bio

Scott Russell Sanders is Professor of English at Indiana University, Bloomington. He has published numerous other titles—fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books.

Reviews

““ . . . essays of substance and beauty, and they belong beside the work of Annie Dillard, Samuel Pickering, and Wendell Berry.” —Library Journal “[Sanders] eloquently expresses his love of the land and the responsibility he feels for preventing further erosion of our natural resources . . . ” —Publishers Weekly “Skillfully written in a clear, unmannered style refreshingly devoid of irony and hollow cleverness, the author starts with everyday experiences and gleans from them larger truths.” —The Christian Science Monitor “[These] essays are so good one is tempted to stand up and applaud after reading them. . . . Sanders is a modern day prospector who finds gems of spiritual meaning in both familiar and unusual places.” —Body Mind Spirit Writing from the Center is about one very fine writer’s quest for a meaningful and moral life. Lannan Literary Award winner Scott Sanders (Secrets of the Universe, Staying Put, A Paradise of Bombs) seeks and describes a center that is geographical, emotional, artistic, and spiritual—and is rooted in place. The geography is midwestern, the impulses are universal. “The earth needs fewer tourists and more inhabitants, it seems to me—fewer people who float about in bubbles of money and more people committed to knowing and tending their home ground.” —Scott Russell Sanders, from the book”

“. . . essays of substance and beauty . . . they belong beside the work of Annie Dillard, Samuel Pickering, and Wendell Berry. —Library Journal”

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Table of Contents

Preface
Buckeye
Beneath the Smooth Skin of America
Imagining the Midwest
Sanctuary
The Common Life
Faith and Work
The Writer in the University
News of the Wild
Voyageurs
Earth, Air, Fire, and Water
Writing from the Center
Letter to a Reader
Words of Thanks
Notes