Dream of a House: The Passions and Preoccupations of Reynolds Price
Alex Harris (photographer/editor) and Margaret Sartor (editor)
Reynolds Price (1933–2011), who authored forty-one acclaimed novels, memoirs, plays, and collections of poetry and essays, was one of America's most notable writers of the past half-century. Fueled by a brilliant mind and exuberant spirit, Price's singular literary voice not only shines a light on the land and people of his native South, but also on the inherent worth of every person. His enduring belief in beauty, courage, grace, and hope transcends time and circumstance.
Confined to a wheelchair for the last 27 years of his life, Price surrounded himself at home with art and objects that he loved. His eclectic and expansive collection created a salon-like refuge in which every wall, bookshelf, and piece of furniture signaled some aspect of his essential self.
After Price died, Harris was asked by the family and Duke University to document the house before it was sold and the artwork as a living collection disassembled. In this creative work, carefully selected excerpts from Price's writings are interwoven with exquisite, meticulous photographs. And as we move through his rooms, Price reveals his private world, recounts significant episodes in his life, and speaks with wisdom and humor about the people, places, ideas, and beliefs most important to him. Through him, we glimpse vital truths about the human condition, finding meaning in our own lives.