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Dream of a House: The Passions and Preoccupations of Reynolds Price
Edited by Alex Harris and Margaret Sartor

A remarkable look into the interior life and world of renowned writer Reynolds Price! Nominated for a 2017 Indie award and for the Aperture Foundation's Photo Book of the Year.

One of 12 finalists in the biography category for a Foreword Indie Book of the Year, known as an Indie Award.

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. His works have a home on the shelves of millions of admiring readers worldwide. 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 individual. His enduring belief in beauty, courage, grace, and hope transcends time and circumstance.

Confined to a wheelchair for the last twenty-seven years of his life, Price surrounded himself at home with art and objects that he loved. His eclectic and expansive collection—from the etchings of Picasso to photographs of James Dean, from Greek sculpture to religious icons, from busts of his literary heroes to African masks—created a salon-like refuge in which every wall, bookshelf, and piece of furniture signaled some aspect of his essential self. Through his home, Price conveyed his interior life in a way that few were able to experience—until now.

After Reynolds Price died, Alex Harris was asked by the Price family and Duke University, where Price taught for more than five decades, to document the house before it was sold and the artwork as a living collection disassembled. In this creative work, forty carefully selected excerpts from Price's writings are interwoven with sixty-one of Harris's exquisite, meticulous photographs. As we turn each page, it is as if Reynolds Price himself is taking us on a guided tour of his home. 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. We also glimpse vital truths about the human condition, finding meaning in our own lives.

Dream of a House is a remarkable book and a surprising tribute to the passions and preoccupations of this uncommonly gifted writer. Here is a work that speaks to long-time fans of Reynolds Price and to those discovering him for the first time. Alex Harris and Margaret Sartor have done what only true friends and fellow artists could provide: a chance to share in the dream of Reynolds Price's house and his abiding genius.


$40.00 U.S. (trade discount) No e-book has been authorized.
Hardcover with vellum jacket
152 pages with 61 color photographs by Alex Harris and 1 historic black-and-white photograph
10.0" x 9.0" landscape/horizontal
ISBN 978-1-938086-49-6

Published in August 2017

Distributed by University of North Carolina Press
No e-book has been authorized.

Published in association with the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University

About the Author

Book Events & Exhibitions:
Sunday, April 8, 2018
Interview with Alex Harris and Margaret Sartor on North Carolina Bookwatch, UNC-TV with host Randall Kenan

February 7
Books & Books, Coral gables, FL
Book Talk and Signing (click here for info)

Friday, October 20, 2017
Interview with Alex Harris and Margaret Sartor on North Carolina Bookwatch, UNC-TV with host Randall Kenan

Wednesday, September 27
Interview with Alex Harris and Margaret Sartor on The State of Things, WUNC with host Frank Stasio

September 30 from 5-7 p.m.
October 25 from 5:30-7 p.m.
Craven Allen Gallery
Book Signing

An exhibit of selected photographs from the book
will be held at the Rubenstein Library at
Duke University from July through November 2017,
with a book signing event on September 28.

Book Information Sheet (pdf)
Coming soon

E-Portfolio (pdf)

Read an excerpt from the book in Oxford American

Read an excerpt from the book in The Paris Review

Listen to an interview with Alex and Margaret on WEHC Radio's "Poets & Writers" (Sept. 2017)

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