John Folk-Williams By John Folk-Williams John Folk-Williams has lived with major depressive disorder since boyhood and finally achieved full recovery just a few years ago. As a survivor of Read More A recovery story is a messy thing. It has dozens of beginnings and no final ending.
No one, including those many citizens whose interest in the stock market is entirely minimal, has been able to ignore the fluctuations of the notorious Dow-Jones average of 30 stocks or the total number of shares traded daily on the New York Stock Exchange.
We wonder over a point plunge in a single day when million shares changed hands. Not even the most prideful economist dares to predict with scientific precision the consequences of having learned from history, will not suffer another decade of economic privation in the Nineties as it did in the Thirties.
Nevertheless, millions felt a chill of fear when the market plunged in Older Americans, particularly those in their seventies and eighties, are especially chary of news of a stock market crash. These men and women remember another, inwhen in two days the Dow-Jones industrials lost a quarter of their market value and a then—astronomical 16 million shares were traded.
That cataclysm on Wall Street was the prelude to one of the worst crises ever to strike the U. Yet many Americans will recount other emotions evoked by that period—a sense of commitment, a pride in place, and a tradition of sharing. In fact, like all other complex national phenomena, the Great Depression cannot easily be characterized or explained.
Rural, often religiously conservative, America saw the Depression as a national punishment for the excessive licentiousness and frivolity of the Roaring Twenties.
The Leftist ideologue rejected the fundamental tenets of American political and economic traditions in favor of Marxist solutions to hopeless economic disintegration.
Herbert Hoover symbolized caution and orthodoxy, but Franklin Roosevelt suggested innovation and experiment. Decades later, we may be too smug because we know the Thirties ended happily. Yet one way we can recapture the spirit of the Great Depression is through the history and fiction of the era.
The story of the Great Depression, on the other hand, extends far beyond the perspective of any novelist, no matter how great he or she is. Novels have a timeless aesthetic and psychological resonance in addition to their significance as historical documents.
The novels in this series are extraordinarily well-placed windows from which to observe and understand the impact of the Depression on so many Americans.
Novels dramatize the widely diverse ways that people coped with disaster; they can be viewed as fictional therapies for a virulent economic sickness. Some of our writers are made hopeful by a vision of social solidarity among Americans of traditionally antagonistic race and class.
Others see tragedy in the symbolic exhaustion of heroism in figures who in any earlier period would have embodied an inexhaustible American optimism. Whatever the theme and tone of these novels written in the Thirties, they transport their readers into an age of anxiety, struggle, defeat, and despair; yet through it all, the fictional—and the actual—Americans managed to endure.
Rather, his is an extremely wide-ranging account of the Depression Decade, supplementing the usual reports on economics and politics with the stuff of everyday life—education, literature, the arts, religion, urban development, reform movements, fashions, entertainment, and fads.
He wrote and published Since Yesterday inless than a year after the period encompassed by the book ended. Allen was probably a better journalist than professional historian—especially in the formal, analytic sense—but Since Yesterday is a triumph of amusing accumulation.
Allen wants his regards to America together like a Depression-age craze, the jigsaw puzzle. He died inmuch honored for his work, which sold in large numbers from the date of publication. Since Yesterday seemed to readers then and now to be a fine starting place.
Only a person who had experienced privation and homelessness, despair, and unemployment first hand could write such a novel. One of seven children of a Missouri coalminer, Conroy saw his father and two of his brothers die in the mines.
He had a scanty formal education, but he was encouraged by his mother to fulfill his childhood dream of writing.But I think it is a lot tougher to do than it seems, and requires a very large and diverse following to get an accurate idea of how good your novel really is.
Not to mention that a writer’s work could look perfect and lovely when viewed in small snippets, but the novel as a whole, could be a disaster.
Books that punch life and happiness in the gut, and make the reader want to go to the nearest bridge over water and jump (but they don't, because that would be horrible).
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I want to write a novel and these are just so inspiring it might just happen!!!! Riley / January 18, at am Reply. Aug 15, · Get an outline. List the events of the story, and figure out the plot line.
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It has ideas for your story’s characters, ideas for scenarios, ideas for your short story’s title, ideas for the first line, twist ideas, and so on.