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Willa Cather ca. 1912 wearing necklace from Sarah Orne Jewett
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Willa Silbert Cather
December 7, 1873 – April 24, 1947
American writer who achieved recognition for her novels of frontier life on the Great Plains, including O Pioneers! (1913), The Song of the Lark (1915), and My Ántonia (1918). In 1923 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for One of Ours (1922), a novel set during World War I.
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Splendid early novel (1918) evokes the Nebraska prairie life of the author's childhood, and touchingly commemorates the spirit and courage of the immigrant pioneers who settled the land. (Cat #: 0486282406)
The American West's transformation and development is reflected in this bittersweet coming-of-age story, in which a pioneer's aristocratic bride becomes the subject of a boy's adoration — and his ultimate disillusionment. (Cat #: 048683168X)
In this landmark of American fiction, Cather tells the story of young Alexandra Bergson, whose dying father leaves her in charge of the family and of the Nebraska lands they have struggled to farm. (Cat #: 0486277852)
Paul's Case and Other Stories
Includes the title story and "A Wagner Matinee," both revised by Cather for publication in 1920; "Lou, the Prophet" (1892), "Eric Hermannson's Soul" (1900), and "The Enchanted Bluff" (1909). (Cat #: 0486290573)
Song of the Lark
The portrait of a formidable woman who defies the limitations set on women of her time and social station to become an international opera star. (Cat #: 0486437000)
About the Author
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Willa Cather (1873–1947) spent her formative years in Nebraska, which was at that time frontier territory. Her exposure to the region's dramatic environment and intrinsic hardships — along with its diverse population of European-Americans, Native Americans, and immigrants — shaped and informed much of her fiction.
- ASIN : 0486437000
- Publisher : Dover Publications (August 30, 2004)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780486437002
- ISBN-13 : 978-0486437002
- Reading age : 14 years and up
- Lexile measure : 950L
- Item Weight : 9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.44 x 0.81 x 8.22 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #433,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Thea grows up in turn-of-the-19/20th century fictional Moonstone, a depopulated speck on the railroad of mid west America. She has an acute eye and ear for everything around her, but her world is shared by few other than family doctor Archie who has known her since birth. She is one of the few inhabitants of Moonstone to mix with Mexican immigrants, whose art and music she feels drawn to, and following the death of her rail-working sweetheart in an accident, she’s bequeathed sufficient money for her to leave Moonstone and develop her gifts as a pianist – ultimately a singer – in Chicago. Returning home only briefly thereafter, Thea embarks on a career which takes her to New York and Dresden. Dr Archie remains a constant throughout and the other few characters she interacts with are all music related – most significant being beer fortune heir Fred Ottenburg with whom Thea shares a mystical experience in Panther Canyon, the home of the Navaho, the ancient people of Northern Arizona. Here Thea’s connection with time and landscape brought to my mind the paintings of Georgia O’Keefe, and the writings of DH Lawrence.
The novel is in six parts, plus – for me anyway – a moving epilogue. We never do fully penetrate Thea's world, and in the first section of the last part Cather deliberately distances the reader by way of a 'ten years later' meeting between Archie and Ottenburg, the first time the reader has been separated from Thea and we really begin to wonder what has happened to her! Sometimes the third person, and interior monologue narrative is exasperatingly broken with biographical detail clearly unknown to the person whose point of view we’re meant to be in. But Cather acquits herself in almost Chaucerian style – for instance when at the end of a lengthy biography of the Rev Lars Larsen she happens to drop in the information that the violin-playing cleric never wears cuffs on a Sunday in order to keep his bow hand free. There is also some invigorating hipster style – what I fancy might be turn-of-the-century phraseology – dialogue. Rags to riches, a voyage without return, this is an endearing and enduring read.