Pat Williams

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Bruce Baker


Carl Jones is a native Omahan who writes of midwesterners in a setting strongly suggestive of Omaha. He satirizes the folkways and institutions of the breadbasket area, but he should not be categorized as merely a regional writer because he explores themes of universal concern to man. One of the most important of these themes is man's quest for meaning and dignity in a world which is often enigmatic and cruel. It is that quest which all of Jones' novels are concerned, and it is that theme—initiation--which forms the subject of this thesis.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of English and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1972 Pat Williams.

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