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Collected Stories (Vintage Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Willa Cather
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Book Description

A ruined beauty whose dignity has suffered a lifetime of loss and disenchantment. A Czech immigrant who finds a paradoxical contentment on the harsh expanse of the Nebraska prairie. A solitary young painter spying raptly and guiltily on his exquisite neighbor. These are some of the lives that Willa Cather renders, with a fine balance of compassion and detachment, in these nineteen stories.

Here are the great themes that Cather staked out like tracts of land: the plight of people hungry for beauty in a country that has no room for it; the mysterious arc of human lives; the ways in which the American frontier transformed the strangers who came to it, turning them imperceptibly into Americans. In these fictions, Cather displays her vast moral vision, her unerring sense of place, and her ability to find the one detail or episode that makes a closed life open wide in a single exhilarating moment.

BONUS: The edition includes an excerpt from The Selected Letters of Willa Cather. 


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All the stories Willa Cather wanted published in book form -- collected for the first time in one volume.

A ruined beauty whose dignity has survived a lifetime of loss and disenchantment. A Czech immigrant who finds a paradoxical contentment on the harsh expanse of the Nebraska prairie. A solitary young painter spying raptly and guiltily on his exquisite neighbor. These are some of the lives that Willa Cather renders, with a fine balance of compassion and detachment, in these nineteen stories. Here are the landscapes that have awed readers of novels like O Pioneers! and Death Comes for the Archbishop, from frontier farms to the red rock canyons of the Southwest.

Here are the great themes that Cather staked out like tracts of land: the plight of people hungry for beauty in a country that has no room for it; the mysterious arc of human lives; the ways in which the American frontier transformed the strangers who came to it, turning them imperceptibly into Americans. In these fictions, Cather displays her vast moral vision, her unerring sense of place, and her ability to find the one detail or episode that makes a closed life open wide in a single exhilarating moment.

Vintage Classics are quality paperback editions of the world's greatest written works. They are durably bound and are printed exclusively on acid-free paper.

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All the stories Willa Cather wanted published in book form -- collected for the first time in one volume.

A ruined beauty whose dignity has survived a lifetime of loss and disenchantment. A Czech immigrant who finds a paradoxical contentment on the harsh expanse of the Nebraska prairie. A solitary young painter spying raptly and guiltily on his exquisite neighbor. These are some of the lives that Willa Cather renders, with a fine balance of compassion and detachment, in these nineteen stories. Here are the landscapes that have awed readers of novels like O Pioneers! and Death Comes for the Archbishop, from frontier farms to the red rock canyons of the Southwest.

Here are the great themes that Cather staked out like tracts of land: the plight of people hungry for beauty in a country that has no room for it; the mysterious arc of human lives; the ways in which the American frontier transformed the strangers who came to it, turning them imperceptibly into Americans. In these fictions, Cather displays her vast moral vision, her unerring sense of place, and her ability to find the one detail or episode that makes a closed life open wide in a single exhilarating moment.

Vintage Classics are quality paperback editions of the world's greatest written works. They are durably bound and are printed exclusively on acid-free paper.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1768 KB
  • Print Length: 493 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; 1st edition (January 23, 2013)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ATLAB4K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars travels to everywhere February 19, 2011
Format:Paperback
I have just finished this book; I have always admired Willa Cather's writings. I began reading her books in high school, this was assigned reading.

This book contains nineteen short stories plus her unfinished Avignon story. The book begins with her earliest stories, three of them, and named the "Troll Garden". These stories were published in 1905. Next comes eight stories, named "Youth and the Bright Medusa" from 1920; the next "Obscure Destinies" containing three stories and published in 1932, published in 1948 "The Old Beauty and Others", this group contains three stories,and last "Five Stories" published in 1956 of which there are only two and also the 'Unfinished Avignon Story'.Ms. Cather seemed to love the Great Plains, France and the southwest, to me it seems that her best stories were set in these places.

One story is 'Paul's Case written in Pittsburgh where she was teaching; this story is contained in many anthologies. This story is from Ms. Cather's observation of youth, frustration and wanting more from life than that which is commonplace. As so many other characters in the book they wanted more than what life offered. There was a middle aged, heavy set business man who disliked singers and other arty people and was forced by his wife and her friend to attend a concert. This story is comical.

The stories contain characters reaching out for more in life, to be more, to get more. There are characters who admire artists and realize they can never be artists and surrounded themselves with those in creative fields. One story contains a woman who opens her large, beautiful, ostentious home to members of the art world such as poets, singers, sculpturs,painters. These people were taking advantage of her and using her as a figure of fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars stories of Willa Cather March 26, 2013
By abe
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Having been a delighted reader of the novels of Willa Cather, I am further delighted by her short stories. She captures well so many aspects of our culture, east, west, central, and with a masterful style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Writing April 27, 2013
By michael
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Great Book. A world famous writer, and I can see why. When I was reading it I felt like I was really there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cather Classics December 27, 2013
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Willa Cather is my favorite female author. Cather writes with deep understanding of human emotions and strong characters. She reveals the struggles and successes of the early pioneers and transcends the decades with her relevant themes of poverty, diligence, determination, education, devotion, grief, joy, and eternal values. This volume contains one of my favorite short stories, "The Best Years", a poignant tale of a tragedy that ends in peace and reconciliation.
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