The farm has belonged to Richard Quinney’s family for generations, since it was first settled by his great-grandparents fleeing the potato famine in Ireland, and it is the place of his birth and early years. When the old house was torn down more than half a century ago, the family photograph albums were carried up to the farmhouse. A few letters, some diary entries, and a scrapbook of obituaries survived to preserve a portion of family history. Quinney’s memoir also draws from the photographs of his mother’s family, from the photographs made by his mother and father as they documented their young lives, and from the many photographs of the early years of the family. Of Time and Place concludes with a photographic survey of the artifacts that remain on the farm.
About the Author
Richard Quinney is the author of several books that combine autobiographical writing and photography, including Journey to a Far Place, For the Time Being, Borderland, and Where Yet the Sweet Birds Sing. His other books are in the academic field of sociology. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin, and on the family farm in Walworth County in southern Wisconsin.