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North Toward Home Paperback – August 22, 2000
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"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
From the Publisher
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.
Top Customer Reviews
The second part of the book covers his time in Texas where he attended college and stayed to become an editor of a local liberal paper. He also was the school paper editor who became famous for his liberal stances taking on the administration. While this section gets long, it is the most interesting section as Morris is thrown in a foreign environment, becomes quite intimidated as many freshman do, and then grows in the process. This growth culminates in his acceptance as a Rhodes Scholar competing against many Ivy League namedroppers who once again intimidate him. He graduates and eventually writes for a liberal paper in Texas covering politics which allows him to see this magnificent state and challenge the beliefs of politicians and himself as he has grown into a full liberal in a very conservative state. Significant time is spent coloring the political landscape of the time and it's quite interesting to view this from 40 years hence. Anyone remember the John Birch Society?
The final section was an evolution as he moves to New York, goes through the humiliating first job search before he finds a low paying job working for Harpers Magazine. He describes what it's like working in New York, which he calls the "Cave", and living in substandard conditions where the sun never hits his building. He describes his first literary party and the pompous attitude of these intellectuals, particularly about the rest of the country.Read more ›
Buy this book. You will not regret having read it. You will want to give it to your friends to read it, afterwards (or have them buy it over the web).
Throughout his adult life he was a writer. His memoir "North Toward Home" is a recollection of a boyhood in pre-integration Mississippi, the rough and tumble of state politics which he covered for the Texas Observer, and coming to terms as a Southerner with New York City, which he liked to call "the Cave."
As a writer, Morris saw both the humor and sadness in the circumstances of daily life. He was fascinated by people and politics, and deeply committed to social justice. Growing up in the rural South, he also had a strong sense of how people are shaped by their history, traditions, and the terrain of the land they call home.
His many books include an account of school integration in his hometown in 1970, a tribute to his friend James Jones, author of "From Here to Eternity," and an account of the making of "Ghosts of Mississippi," Rob Reiner's film based on the murder trial and conviction of the man who shot Medgar Evers. One of the best introductions to Morris' style and favorite subjects is a collection of essays and exerpts from longer works, "Terrains of the Heart and Other Essays on Home," which was published in his later years and is currently in print.
A great companion volume for "North Towards Home" is "From the Mississippi Delta: A Memoir," by African-American writer Endesha Ida Mae Holland.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best writers I have ever encountered. I will read any and all of his works.Published 11 months 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 18 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 on February 7, 2014 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