Update: The UVA Collection of Old Things

Fountain pen on antique  letters and empty sheet

Since my last update I’ve learned that some biographers are better than others, and it is important to know the difference. I’ve been reading Walter Rideout’s multi-volume biography on Anderson, which has been interesting, enlightening, and a bit slower going than I anticipated. On the other side of things, I spent two full days this week […]

A Start: Sherwood Anderson, Sinclair Lewis, and Feeling Overwhelmed

Winesburg Map

“In the beginning when the world was young there were a great many thoughts but no such thing as a truth.” Sherwood Anderson starts off Winesburg, Ohio with this grand thesis of human existence. I started off my honors research a few weeks ago and now have a great many thoughts as well, but often […]

Abstract: National Myth in Fantasy Literature

In a letter to a publisher in 1956, J.J.R. Tolkien claims that in writing The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion he hoped to create a national mythology for England, rooted in Anglo-Saxon and Norse lore. Even though later in the very same letter the creator of Middle-Earth acknowledges this urge as “absurd,” the sentiment remains […]