Esteemed Literary Icon Larry Woiwode Publishes Collection of Updated Essays Reflecting on Culture, Spiritual and Literary Themes in Words Made Fresh
WHEATON, IL (June 2011) – In his new book, Words Made Fresh: Essays on Literature & Culture (Crossway, July 2011), celebrated American author Larry Woiwode spans the 1960s-1990s with a collection of essays – covering a mosaic of topics including Scripture translation, owning firearms, the place of religion in education, agribusiness, and even a comparison of how we receive the news as delivered by CNN versus Bob Dylan.
Woiwode also thoughtfully reviews of such esteemed American literary figures such as John Updike, John Gardner, Reynolds Price, and Wendell Berry.
Poet Laureate of North Dakota since 1995, Woiwode has written five novels and numerous other works that have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Harpers, GQ, and The Washington Post Book World.
He is the recipient of the William Faulkner Foundation Award for his first novel, What I’m Going To Do, I Think. His second novel, Beyond the Bedroom Wall, has sold over 1 million copies to date and was also a finalist for both the National Book Award as well as the Book Critics Award.
The works in Words Made Fresh were originally published in publications including Esquire, Washington Post, Books & Culture, and The Chicago Tribune. Woiwode has updated them, “so that the words forming the phrases and sentences and thoughts in the paragraphs ahead have, indeed, been refashioned, made fresh,” Woiwode says.
In his preface to Words Made Fresh, Woiwode offers the interesting idea that with the appearance of the Bible “writers outside the scope of the Hebrew or Greek texts began to understand how a metaphor of words could contain the lineaments and inner workings of a human being”—that is, the stories in the Bible served as an early instruction manual for those who would become storytellers. This idea is carried into examinations of the humanity, or not, of the writers Woiwode explores.
In Words Made Fresh, Larry Woiwode presents an intelligent, considered look at cultural issues, spirituality, and American Literature, ranging over these topics with deliberate thoughtfulness, a Christian engaged with the wounds and gifts of the world.
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