“Why Literature Can Save Us”
Through the prism of stories, and of language used by artists, we
become one human family. Literature breaks down the walls, not only between
people, but between times, and across the chasms of history and death. It is
the thing that most defines us as human.
Richard Bausch, M.F.A., professor of creative writing in the Wilkinson
College of Humanities and Social Sciences, is the author of eleven novels and
eight collections of stories, including the novels In The Night Season, Hello To The Cannibals, Thanksgiving Night, and
Peace; and the story collections, Someone To Watch Over Me, The Stories of
Richard Bausch, Wives & Lovers, and Something
Is Out There. An acknowledged master of the short story, his work has
appeared in The Atlantic, Esquire,
Harper's, The New Yorker, and other magazines. His many honors include a
Guggenheim Fellowship, the Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters,
The PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story, and The Dayton
Literary Peace Prize. Mr. Bausch has been editor of the prestigious Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. He participated
as a workshop leader in Operation Homecoming, a joint project between The National
Endowment for the Arts and the Department of Defense to help returning military
personnel and their families write about their experience.
View Mr. Bausch's lecture.