This issue contains several items of raw experience, most of which come out of momentous events in American history from the last one hundred fifty years: An overland journal by a forty-niner; the amazing diary of a young Massachusetts soldier in the Civil War; correspondence describing the last desperate days of the Modoc Indians in California during the 1870's; a remarkable poem by an AWOL soldier residing in a mental institution during the Vietnam War; and an interview with Esther Jane turn of this century. The Scopes Trial cartoons are by Daniel R. Fitzpatrick, Rohrer, a ninety-eight-year-old whose clear memories stretch beyond the who received two Pulitzer Prizes during his forty-five year career with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Why is a literary magazine publishing such historical items? There is a reason for it, arising from our hope for a breath of fresh air in the future of literary discussion. Diaries, histories, reminiscences, letters, and certain works of philosophy are long-established genres of literature, but increasingly over the last halfcentury literary critics and literary editors have focussed on the belles lettres, excluding writing that might be thought to be didactic or "formless" or too simply connected to events in
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 1989
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