The story exists on several levels. On one level, it is a historical account that attempts to explain why a group of Southern men set fire to the Howland barn, threatening not only the house but also its keepers. Looked at another way, the novel is a mythic romance that recounts a love story enacted in a fallen Eden, corrupted before the players come onstage.
Early life[ edit ] Maxwell was born in Lincoln, Illinois on August 16, During the flu epidemicthe year-old Maxwell became ill and survived, but his mother died. After his mother's death, the boy was sent to live with an aunt and uncle in Bloomington, Illinois.
His father remarried, and young Maxwell joined him in Chicago. He attended Senn High School. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois in where he was class salutatorian,  poetry editor of The Daily Illini and a member of Sigma Pi fraternity.
Maxwell was best known for being a fiction editor of The New Yorker magazine for forty years —where he worked with writers such as Vladimir NabokovJohn UpdikeJ. Welty wrote of him as an editor: His award-winning fiction, which is increasingly seen as some of the most important of the 20th century, has recurring themes of childhood, family, loss, and lives changed quietly and irreparably.
Much of his work is autobiographical, particularly concerning the loss of his mother when he was 10 years old and growing up in the rural Midwestern United States.
After the flu epidemic, young Maxwell had to move away from the house where he lived at the time, which he referred to as the "Wunderkammer" or "Chamber of Wonders".
He wrote of his loss, "It happened too suddenly, with no warning, and we none of us could believe it or bear it Memories and Appreciations W. In addition, in the Library of America published the first of two collections of works by Maxwell, Early Novels and Stories, edited by Christopher Carduff.
His collected edition of Maxwell's fiction, published to mark the writer's centenary, was completed by publication of the second volume, Later Novels and Stories, in the fall of She also reviewed children's books for The New Yorker.
The couple were married for 55 years. Maxwell died eight days after his wife. The epitaph marking his memorial gravestone in Oregon reads, "The Work is the Message".
Novels[ edit ] Bright Center of Heaven They Came Like Swallows — autobiographical novella about the cruel impact of the flu epidemic, as seen through the eyes of an 8-year-old Midwestern child and his family The Folded Leaf Time Will Darken It The Chateau So Long, See You Tomorrow — An aging man remembers a boyhood friendship he had in s Illinois, which falters following a murder.
A Family History memoir The Outermost Dream essay collection Children's books[ edit ] The Heavenly Tenants — The constellations of the zodiac come to life and visit a family farm in Wisconsin.Although most critics, reviewers, and scholars who have offered comments on The Keepers of the House speak of the many excellent qualities of the novel, some accuse Shirley Ann Grau of being so.
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