"North Toward Home is the finest evocation of an American boyhood since Mark Twain."--Sunday Times (London)
"Vivid sketches of personas and places, moments when the spirit of things is caught with affecting precision.... And...prose that is extraordinarily clean, flexible and incisive."--The New York Times Book Review
"North Toward Home is a classic."--William Styron
Willie Morris always wrote from the heart and with a generosity of spirit. His first book, North Toward Home, was published to extraordinary acclaim in 1967. It was to be his signature work, a memoir on which all his other books would pivot. In North Toward Home he found his voice and discovered his identity.
This self-styled "autobiography in mid-passage" is one man's emotional journey to understanding his own southern origins while reluctantly coming to regard the North as home. As Morris chronicles his own experiences during the nineteen forties, fifties, and sixties he also explains their relationship to the larger contemporaneous trends in America.
And critics applauded. A New Republic reviewer noted that "it is this ambitious attempt to relate recent personal experience to history that gives North Toward Home its character and attraction." A writer for America went a step further. "It wasn't enough that in 1967, at the age of 32, Willie Morris became the editor of Harper's, the oldest and one of the most prestigious magazines in America. He had to compound our amazement by producing this autobiography, one of the best books of the year in any category."
To honor and remember Willie Morris' literary legacy, this book is reissued in hardcover on the sixty-fifth anniversary of his birth--November 29, 1999--as a commemorative edition of a true American classic. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
One of the best writers I have ever encountered. I will read any and all of his works.Published 4 days ago by shetetewr
Though much of the nostalgia for a simpler time is very appealing, I had a VERY difficult time with the numerous times he used the "N" word. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Happygal
Morris has provided an incredibly detailed account of growing up and thinking about things in progressive and different manners than the traditional mindsets of the settings of the... Read morePublished 18 months ago by cdm11
Morris is at his best writing about small town, boyhood sports in Mississippi. I devoured every word of his book Always Stand in against the Curve. Read morePublished on May 19, 2013 by RaDadIndy
I read this years ago, but wish I had read it earlier. I bought this for my college age daughter. Were she to read it I am sure it would have a salutary effect in the guise of an... Read morePublished on January 16, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I ordered a used book, North Toward Home, from Amazon. It arrived virtually looking new. What a fantastic writer Willie Morris was. I will order again - more of his books. Read morePublished on September 1, 2012 by 8762
Interesting autobiography that takes the author from his birth State of Mississipi to Texas, then New York, with his changing perceptives al;ong the wayPublished on May 2, 2012 by 2FELINES
I have never liked Catcher in the Rye. Perhaps it is not the book that is at fault but the undeserved reaction it gets. Read morePublished on March 20, 2012 by Ryan C. Holiday