Jay Parini, poet, novelist, critic, and biographer. He’s a professor of English and creative writing at Middlebury College in Vermont and has written biographies of Frost, Faulkner, and Steinbeck. His new book is “Promised Land: Thirteen Books That Changed America.”
From NPR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook broadcast: Dec. 22, 2008
Books That Changed America
In the age of video games, cell phone texting, and the instant message, the idea that books shape a nation may seem like a stretch.
But look back across American history, and at nearly every key moment of definition, of transition, there stands a book that nails the change.