Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Date of this Version

June 2004


Remarks delivered at The Loft at The Mill, Lincoln, Nebraska, June 21, 2004, before a reading and talk by Rita Mae Brown, as part of the Nebraska Writers’ Conference. Includes thanks to sponsors, a commercial message for the University of Nebraska Press, and a recollection and interpretation of the novel RUBY FRUIT JUNGLE, its impact on a graduate student in American literature in New York City in the 1970s, its relation to Puritan spiritual autobiography, and its continuing call for the interrelationship of the personal and political in literature. Length = 850 words.