The MacDowell Colony 

Fiction and The Historical Moment 
Edward MacDowell and Marian


  These novels evoke a particular time and place so strongly that historical forces seem to determine much of what the characters experience and even to shape them. Alice Walker's Meridian has been called the best novel to come out of the civil rights movement, and Rosellen Brown's Civil Wars explores the aftermath of that struggle. Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop is a fictionalized life of Archbishop Lamy, the first bishop appointed for the territory of New Mexico after its annexation to the United States. Doctorow's Loon Lake concerns characters indirectly shaped by the class conflicts of the Depression.

Alice Walker, Merdian

Willa Cather, Death Comes for the Archbishop

Rosellen Brown, Civil Wars

E.L. Doctorow, Loon Lake

This reading list was developed through the Book Discussion Programs, a collaborative project of the New Hampshire Humanities Council and the New Hampshire State Library.

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