Memoir: an Inward Journey Through Experience

In every work of literature there's both a situation and a story. The situation is the context or circumstance, sometimes the plot; the story is the emotional experience that preoccupies the writer: the insight, the wisdom, the thing one has come to say. In An American Tragedy the situation is Dreiser's America, the story is the pathologic nature of hunger for the world. In Edmund Gosse's memoir Father and Son the situation is fundamentalist England in the time of Darwin, the story is the