Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20080125
The Melancholy Fate of Captain Lewis is about Meriwether Lewis's great journey twice across North America. The novel traces his difficult life and untimely end, and parallels his crisis with the modern day character, Bill Lewis, a biographer. Pritchett, a professor of creative writing at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a John Simmons Short Fiction Award winner, discusses the challenges of writing a novel, and the academic's quest to categorize fiction.
We go to the archives to revisit a program that examines important African-American writers, beginning with the 18th century's Phyllis Wheatley and concluding with former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove. This show also features the late Margaret Walk...
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