Diane Wood

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. John McKenna


Long overdue, appreciation for Wright Morris’s literary merit may be coming of age in America. Although many people persist in recognizing him chiefly as a photographer or as a religionist, his novel, Plains Song, received widely published attention and recently won Morris his second National Book Award. His latest book, and memoir entitled Will’s Boy, prompted the lead review in the book section of a recent Newsweek, thus exposing his rich talent to a wide, popular audience. Admittedly, Wright Morris is also an accomplished, noted photographer, and he does write frequently about Nebraska. Morris’s Fiction, however, preceded and inspired his work in photography; and his novels include diverse settings ranging from California to Italy, abundant characters representing universal human dilemmas. To limit or to define Morris’s artistry on the basis of his interest in either photography or Nebraska is to seriously underestimate his significance and worth as an American writer.


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 1982 Diane Wood.

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