"Her top pick [best Indiana novel of the last century] is Raintree County by Ross Lockridge, Jr. . . . The 1,060-page novel . . . aspires to be the Great American Novel and, in the eyes of some critics, succeeds, Vanausdall notes. 'Raintree County explores most of the traditional American literary motifs -- the search for the lost paradise of the American dream, nostalgia for the past and for the innocence of youth, homesickness and homecoming. And it does it with such lyrical depth and beauty.'" -- Dan Carpenter, Indianapolis Star, Jan. 16, 2000
Indiana's place in the broader context of America's literary heritage, in particular its fictional works, is examined in the IHS publication Pride and Protest: The Novel in Indiana.
Written by freelance writer and longtime IHS contributor Jeanette Vanausdall, the book explores the enduring themes in American literature that are represented by exemplary Indiana fiction; the major schools, movements, and genres in American literature to which Hoosiers have contributed; and the aspects of Indiana fiction that resonate with readers.
Along with Ross Lockridge, Jr.'s Raintree County, some of the other works examined in the book are Eunice Beecher's From Dawn to Daylight, Edward Eggleston's The Hoosier School-Master, Charles Major's When Knighthood Was in Flower, James Maurice Thompson's Alice of Old Vincennes, Meredith Nicholson's The House of a Thousand Candles, Booth Tarkington's The Magnificent Ambersons and Theodore Dreiser's Sister Carrie.
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