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Born in Macon, North Carolina in 1933, Reynolds Price attended North Carolina schools and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University. As a Rhodes Scholar he studied for three years at Merton College, Oxford, receiving the Bachelor of Letters with a thesis on Milton. In 1958 he returned to Duke where he is now James B. Duke Professor of English. His first novel A Long and Happy Life appeared in 1962. A volume of stories The Names and Faces of Heroes appeared in 1963. In the years since, he has published A Generous Man (a novel), Love and Work (a novel), Permanent Errors (stories), Things Themselves (essays and scenes), The Surface of Earth (a novel), Early Dark (a play), A Palpable God (translations from the Bible with an essay on the origins and life of narrative), The Source of Light (a novel), Vital Provisions (poems), Private Contentment (a play), Kate Vaiden (a novel) and The Laws of Ice (poems). His first two novels and the story "A Chain of Love" are now collected in a single volume Mustian. His books have been translated into fifteen languages.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Mustian, Rosacoke (Fictitious character) Fiction, North Carolina Rural conditions Fiction, Young women North Carolina Fiction, Family North Carolina Fiction