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Source of Light

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Source of Light

By Reynolds Price

Scribner Book Company, Paperback, 9780684813387, 336pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 1995

Here is the second volume of "A Great Circle, " the highly acclaimed Mayfield family trilogy, from one of America's literary treasures.
Though a novel independent from "The Surface of Earth, The Source of Light" continues the saga of the Mayfield family, here focusing on Hutchins Mayfield, whose desire for self-knowledge removes him from his secure existence as a prep school teacher and takes him on a journey to Oxford and Italy to study and write. Hutchins comes back home for a family crisis but ultimately returns to England, where he achieves a maturity that enables him to cope with commitments, abandonments, and the creation of an honest personal agenda.
In "The Source of Light, " Reynolds Price combines gravity and buoyancy, a mythic sense of the past with the mysteries of place, to forge an encompassing portrait of the strange and various world one travels through in the quest for self-fulfillment.

Praise For Source of Light

The Dallas Morning News

Strong, disturbing....It is a book to be read, considered, pondered.

The Chicago Tribune

Price's scenes are rich with detail and glow evocatively in the memory; his language is that of a poet who has found his theme and exalts in unfolding it for you.