Before Willa Cather turned primarily to the fiction that made her reputation, she produced striking poems that were collected in April Twilights. It was her literary debut, preceding the publication of O Pioneers! by nine years. In her introduction distinguished Cather scholar Bernice Slote notes that this edition of April Twilights restores what had been “an almost lost, certainly blurred, portion of the creative life of a great novelist.” Among the thirty-seven selections are the much-anthologized “Grandmither, Think Not I Forget,” and the highly evocative “Prairie Dawn.” This printing includes a new introduction by Robert Thacker that provides new insights into Cather and her poetry.
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About the Author
Willa Cather (1873–1947) was born in Virginia, moved with her family to Nebraska in 1883, and eventually settled in Red Cloud. After graduating from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 1895, Cather returned to Red Cloud briefly before moving east to work on Home Monthly and eventually McClure’s. Her first published books were the poetry collection April Twilights and the short story collection The Troll Garden. In 1923 Cather received the Pulitzer Prize for her novel One of Ours. Bernice Slote (1913–83), a distinguished Cather scholar, was a professor of English at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Her publications include April Twilights (1903) (1962, 1968); The Kingdom of Art: Willa Cather’s First Principles and Critical Statements, 1893–1896 (1967); and Uncle Valentine and Other Stories: Willa Cather’s Uncollected Short Fiction (1973, 1986), all published by the University of Nebraska Press.Robert Thacker is Charles A. Dana Professor of Canadian Studies and English Emeritus at St. Lawrence University. He is the author of several books, including The Great Prairie Fact and Literary Imagination, and has coedited three volumes of Cather Studies. He is the historical editor of Poems in the Willa Cather Scholarly Edition.
Date of Birth:December 7, 1873
Date of Death:April 27, 1947
Place of Birth:Winchester, Virginia
Place of Death:New York, New York
Education:B.A., University of Nebraska, 1895
Table of Contents
Preface to the Revised Edition Introduction: Willa Cather and Her First Book Dedicatory "Grandmither, Think Not I Forget" In Rose Time Asphodel Mills of Montmartre Arcadian Winter The Hawthorne Tree Sleep, Minstrel, Sleep Fides, Spes The Tavern In Media Vita Antinous Paradox Provençal Legend Winter at Delphi On Cydnus The Namesake Lament for Marsyas White Birch in Wyoming I Sought the Wood in Winter Evening Song Eurydice The Encore London Roses The Night Express Prairie Dawn Aftermath Thine Advocate Poppies on Ludlow Castle Sonnet Thou Art the Pearl From the Valley I Have No House for Love to Shelter Him The Poor Minstrel Paris Song L'Envoi Notes of the Poems of April Twilights Appendix: Other Versus Bibliography