Photographs of Abandoned Spaces and Reflections on a Neglected Novelist

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Huffington Post recently ran a series of photographs of an abandoned farmhouse in which all of the previous occupants’ furniture and other belongings have been left to gather dust. Here are several of those photos:

Farmhouse 01

Farmhouse 02

Farmhouse 03

The rest of the photographs in this series can be found at:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/28/abandoned-farmhouse_n_3163713.html

These photographs reminded me of the haunting photographs of abandoned Nebraska homesteads included in Wright Morris’ nonfiction “photo-narrative” The Inhabitants and his “photo-novel” The Home Place. In both books, produced early in his long and distinguished career, he sought not just to accent his prose with photographs but to integrate as completely and meaningfully as possible the prose and the photographs.

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