An American Childhood Setting & Symbolism

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Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is the city where Anne grew up.

Paw Paw

Paw Paw is a camp ground where Anne frequently went with her friend Judy. Eventually, she stopped going because it made her too sad to leave.

New Orleans

New Orleans is the home of jazz and a kind of promised land in the mind of Anne's father. He takes a boat journey down the Mississippi river, but never reaches New Orleans. It is symbolic of a happy internal life, which Anne discovers one can have without ever leaving home.

Edgerton Avenue

Edgerton Avenue was the street of the first house in which Anne lived. Down the street was the Catholic church, St. Bede's, which frightened her.

Richard Lane

Richard Lane was the street where Anne's second house was located. She spent most of her childhood here and the attic room became a kind of headquarters for...

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