Work Place Literature
After Sarvas notes that he purposely avoided too much description of Harry’s work life as a radiologist, Wolitzer notes, “people don’t want to write about actual work in novels, I’ve noted . . . I think writers sometimes like to sort of say what the job is and then don’t want to actually put in the time.”
Strout points out that she is interested in the world of work in her writing, and Dan mentions Joseph Heller’s Something Happened, which Ed Hirsch agrees is a now classic depiction of the work place. In addition, Sister Carrie surely comes to mind as well when discussing the depiction of work in the novel.
What work novels, or poetry about work, do you know and like, and what do you think of the panel’s general conclusion that work is an underwritten subject in American Literature?