Complete summary of Annie Dillard's An American Childhood.
An American Childhood by Annie Dillard
In 1992, Dillard published her first novel, The Living. An earlier version, a long short story of the same title, appeared in Harper’s in 1978. She rewrote it as a novel. Then, in 1994 she rewrote the original story for The Annie Dillard Reader. Set in the Pacific Northwest in the later half of the nineteenth century, The Living is about the lives of three generations of pioneers and settlers of the region around Bellingham Bay. Reviewing the book for the New York Times, Thomas Keneally noted Dillard’s “tremendous gift for writing in a genuinely epic mode.” The book’s vast canvas takes in the sea-coast, the mountains, the forests, the rivers, the Indians, the farms, the logging, the Chinese, the coming of the railroads, the boom times, the growing towns, and the labor troubles.
“An American Childhood” essay by Annie Dillard
After reading Annie Dillard’s “An American Childhood” (pp. 241-246). Then, write a short descriptive essay about someone you know very well, using several anecdotes or…