The Role of Place in Literature is a groundbreaking study exploring the use of metaphors and images of place in literature. Lutwack takes a dynamic view of the relationship between place and the action or thought in a work. Drawing comparisons over a wide range of works, principally American and British literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, he illustrates how writers have charged different environments with symbolic and psychological meaning.
Leonard Lutwack was an American literary historian who taught at the University of Maryland, College Park, for more than three decades. He was the author of Heroic Fiction: The Epic Tradition and American Novels of the Twentieth Century.