A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays

A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays

by Willa Cather


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Willa Cather, in full Wilella Sibert Cather, (born December 7, 1873, near Winchester, Virginia, U.S.—died April 24, 1947, New York City, New York), American novelist noted for her portrayals of the settlers and frontier life on the American plains.

… Cather’s first novel, Alexander’s Bridge (1912), was a factitious story of cosmopolitan life. Under the influence of Sarah Orne Jewett’s regionalism, however, she turned to her familiar Nebraska material. With O Pioneers! (1913) and My Ántonia (1918), which has frequently been adjudged her finest achievement, she found her characteristic themes—the spirit and courage of the frontier she had known in her youth. One of Ours (1922), which won the Pulitzer Prize, and A Lost Lady (1923) mourned the passing of the pioneer spirit.

In her earlier Song of the Lark (1915), as well as in the tales assembled in Youth and the Bright Medusa (1920), including the much-anthologized “Paul’s Case,” and Lucy Gayheart (1935), Cather reflected the other side of her experience—the struggle of a talent to emerge from the constricting life of the prairies and the stifling effects of small-town life.

A mature statement of both themes can be found in Obscure Destinies (1932). With success and middle age, however, Cather experienced a strong disillusionment, which was reflected in The Professor’s House (1925) and her essays Not Under Forty (1936).

Her solution was to write of the pioneer spirit of another age, that of the French Catholic missionaries in the Southwest in Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927) and of the French Canadians at Quebec in Shadows on the Rock (1931). For the setting of her last novel, Sapphira and the Slave Girl (1940), she used the Virginia of her ancestors and her childhood. … (britannica.com)

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ISBN-13: 9781618957948
Publisher: Bibliotech Press
Publication date: 09/12/2019
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Wilella Sibert Cather (1873 - 1947) is an eminent author from the United States. She is perhaps best known for her depictions of U.S. life in novels such as O Pioneers!, My Ántonia, and Death Comes for the Archbishop.

Other Books of Willa Cather:
• Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927)
• Pioneers! (1913)
• My Ántonia (1918)
• One of Ours (1923)
• Sapphira and the Slave Girl (1940)
• The Song of the Lark (1915)
• The Professor's House (1925)
• The Troll Garden and Selected Stories (1905)
• Youth and the Bright Medusa (1920)
• Not Under Forty (1936)

Date of Birth:

December 7, 1873

Date of Death:

April 27, 1947

Place of Birth:

Winchester, Virginia

Place of Death:

New York, New York


B.A., University of Nebraska, 1895

Table of Contents

About Author:

Part I



On the Divide

Eric Hermannson’s Soul

The Sentimentality of William Tavener

The Namesake

The Enchanted Bluff

The Joy of Nelly Deane

The Bohemian Girl


The Bookkeeper’s Wife


Her Boss

Part II

Reviews and Essays

Mark Twain

William Dean Howells

Edgar Allan Poe

Walt Whitman

Henry James

Harold Frederic

Kate Chopin

Stephen Crane

Frank Norris

When I Knew Stephen Crane

On the Art of Fiction

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