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Photo by You-Ji Kim: At Cumberland Falls Rebekah Luhrs evokes fictional possibilities as, villain-like, she threatens a fellow student with an icicle.
Fiction writers don't write "about" nature as much as nonfiction writers or poets, but they often employ nature to create a realistic sense or place or use nature as a source of conflict (Moby Dick) or refuge for their characters (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn). Any fiction with a strong sense of place will be considered for the site. Though fiction writers may use actual people, places or events in their pieces, they are free to alter those components to serve the intent of their narrative. A story may be set in an actual place--say the Appalachian Trail--or it may be set in an unnamed or imaginary place, such as Jonathan Swift's Island of the Huoyhnmhms (Gulliver's Travels).
Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" is a short story in which the setting--a remote Georgia backroad--seems to reflect the sinister character of the antagonists.
View a selected bibliography of fiction with a strong sense of place set in the natural world. Read some excerpts of fiction in which a natural setting is of vital importance. Please Email me me with excerpts or books to add to these lists.
Photo by Mary Sullivan
Students trek Porters Creek Trail in the Smokies on a frigid January day in 2004.