By Casey N. Cep
Fifty years ago Reynolds Price slithered onto the American literary scene. “Just with his body and from inside like a snake,” Wesley Beavers drove his motorcycle and his girlfriend Rosacoke Mustian into the 189-word sentence that opens A Long and Happy Life.
The title of Price’s first novel was prescient for an author whose career spanned five decades and left us with forty books of essays, plays, poetry, stories, and translations. Born in the thick of the Great Depression, Price grew up in a small town in North Carolina named for an old Republican Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. He went from Macon to Duke University, and then left Durham for three years at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. [Read more...]