Reynolds Price (3518 words)

Marilyn McEntrye (Westmont College)
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On several remarkable occasions in the course of his long and imaginative life, Reynolds Price reports having experienced visions, or moments of what he ventures to call “revelation”. The vivid healing encounter with Jesus that came in the midst of his treatment for a 12-inch spinal tumor in 1984, boldly recounted in A Whole New Life (1994), left in its wake a paradoxical certainty, not of any church dogma or creed, but of the proximity of spiritual reality to the physical world we know. In many of his novels, characters have similar moments of illumination, encounter, or vision. Often they consist simply of sudden awareness of presence, or inexplicable radiance around a body or place that serves as a reminder that there a…

Citation: McEntrye, Marilyn. "Reynolds Price". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 February 2009 [, accessed 24 October 2020.]

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