Prophet of the Particular

Imagination in Place
Essays
Wendell Berry
Counterpoint, $24, 208 pp.

In 1964 Wendell Berry turned his back on literary life in New York City, resigning from his teaching position in the English Department at New York University and purchasing a farm near Port Royal, Kentucky. By returning to the area where he had grown up (about forty miles northeast of Louisville), he was choosing to be a “placed writer.” “I was...going back...to take up the fate of country people in my time,” he writes.

I was going back to...

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Paul V. Murphy teaches history at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan.