The Final Days

The Final Days

by Wayne Lanter
The Final Days

The Final Days

by Wayne Lanter


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The Final Days is the story of philosophy Professor John Carter, who near the end of one fall semester becomes romantically entangled with a female student. At the time the University is undergoing changes and faculty positions are threatened. In the ensuing weeks Carter's office-mate dies mysteriously and Carter is dragged through a particularly vicious dismissal. And although Carter is victimized for his indiscretions by the University administrators who want to turn the University into a profitable business, in the end Carter proves to be one of literature's most American professors. He is no screwed up Easterner with Old World baggage. He watches football games, owns a handgun, and eats fast food, as he rambles through a story clearly and profoundly put forth in an academic setting, where American culture ought to be exempt from assaults on Virtue, Quality, Integrity, and where the macdonaldization of society hurts most.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780983841210
Publisher: Twiss Hill Press
Publication date: 03/28/2013
Pages: 388
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Wayne Lanter, English Professor Emeritus, Southwestern Illinois College, is a Writing Fellow from the University of Iowa's Graduate Program in Creative Writing and at the former Aspen School of Contemporary Art Writer's Workshop. He is a former Contributing Editor of the St. Louis Literary Supplement and of St. Louis Magazine. He founded and for ten years edited River King Poetry Supplement.

His books of poetry include The Waiting Room, Threshing Time, At Float on the Ohta-gawa, Canonical Hours, A Season of Long Taters, and In This House of Men. He has edited New Century North American Poets, an anthology of contemporary American and Canadian poets, and has published non-fiction works, Defending the Citadel: A Personal Narrative and If the Sun Should Ask: A Passage from Farm to Village. His work has been anthologized in the United States and in Canada.
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