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Tales from the Middle Border
“I welcome the opportunity to tell the stories of a lifetime. Like the Ancient Mariner, I never cease to tell—and to reshape—my stories.” —from the prologue
The place is the middle border, the Midwest borderland remembered in the writings of Hamlin Garland. Richard Quinney’s autobiographical essays begin with his birth and early years on the family farm in southern Wisconsin, continue through a lifetime of movement away from the farm, and document a return to the farm. Along the way, there are the tales of the years of living and writing in a prairie town across the border. In the most recent telling, Quinney is still moving between town and country. But it is always to the farm on the middle border that he returns. Autobiographical reflection allows the narrator to move in time and space across a geographical landscape. The impulse to write autobiographically is to know the present and, at the same time, to apprehend what is yet to be. Lives are saved and renewed in the telling of these tales. Such is the good fortune of the storyteller.
Richard Quinney is the author of several books that combine autobiographical writing and photography, including Journey to a Far Place, For the Time Being, Borderland, and Where Yet the Sweet Birds Sing. His other books are in the academic field of sociology. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin, and on the family farm in Walworth County in southern Wisconsin.
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