In the Garden of the North American Martyrs Essay

This Study Guide consists of approximately 35 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of In the Garden of the North American Martyrs.
This section contains 4,343 words
(approx. 11 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the In the Garden of the North American Martyrs Study Guide

In the following excerpt from a longer interview, Wolff describes his writing process and how the story "In the Garden of the North American Martyrs" evolved. [Jay Woodruff] How did this story get started? What was its genesis?

[Tobias Wolff] Well, there are a few things that I can trace it to. One is a job interview I had several years ago which was not, it turned out, a serious interview. That is, I had been brought across the country in order to fulfill a requirement of the college that so many people be interviewed for each position. And when I found this out it really burned me up. I tried writing the story a couple of times from a personal point of view, my own point of view. This never really took. It sounded whiny, "poor me." After all, I live a rarified life, one that's lucky...

(read more from the Critical Essay #3 section)

This section contains 4,343 words
(approx. 11 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the In the Garden of the North American Martyrs Study Guide
Copyrights
Short Stories for Students
In the Garden of the North American Martyrs from Short Stories for Students. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.