chapter  4
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Alvah Bessie, Dwell in the Wilderness

Dwell in the Wilderness (Covici-Friede, 1935) is one of those family sagas with which British and American literature is littered; it was described by Mary McCarthy in The Nation (September 4, 1935) as “a rambling family history, spirited but pointless,” as, quite frankly, are most of the novels of this genre. The period covered is 1876 through 1925, and the family is that of Eben and Ameliah Morris of Michigan. What is pleasing about the narrative is that, as in any good modern family, one of the Morris children-the youngest, Deweyis gay.