THE DEEP SLEEP by Wright Morris


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This is, possibly, Wright Morris' best novel. Judge Porter is dead and the action takes place the next day when the Judge's daughter, Katherine, and her husband, Webb an artist, are staying with the Judge's wife and his 99 year old mother in Bryn Mawr, Penna Through the eyes and thoughts of these people and of the hired man, Parsons, we see the Judge and the people themselves. The thread of the story is the Judge's character- and oddly enough it provides more real tension than there has been in any previous Wright Morris novel. Most like the author's wild tragi-comedy, Man And Boy, this book follows his favorite themes of man's loneliness among his fellows, and the odd way in which men and women- so mysterious and often just odd to each other-get along and indeed are interdependent. To these themes, this time Morris brings not only his own special view of life (wildly humorous, sad, fantastic) but a greater understanding and feeling of people living with people. There are wonderful characters and fine writing and a particularly good picture of the Philadelphia Main Line. A most rewarding book for a special audience.

Pub Date: Sept. 14th, 1953
ISBN: 0803258232
Publisher: Scribner