Death Comes for the Archbishop

Death Comes for the Archbishop

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by Wila Cather
     
 

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Introduction by A. S. Byatt

Willa Cather’s story of the missionary priest Father Jean Marie Latour and his work of faith in the wilderness of the Southwest is told with a spare but sensuous directness and profound artistry. When Latour arrives in 1851 in the territory of New Mexico, newly acquired by the United

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(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)

Introduction by A. S. Byatt

Willa Cather’s story of the missionary priest Father Jean Marie Latour and his work of faith in the wilderness of the Southwest is told with a spare but sensuous directness and profound artistry. When Latour arrives in 1851 in the territory of New Mexico, newly acquired by the United States, what he finds is a vast desert region of red hills and tortured arroyos that is American by law but Mexican and Indian in custom and belief. Over the next four decades, Latour works gently and tirelessly to spread his faith and to build a soaring cathedral out of the local golden rock—while contending with unforgiving terrain, derelict and sometimes rebellious priests, and his own loneliness.

DEATH COMES FOR THE ARCHBISHOP shares a limitless, craggy beauty with the New Mexico landscape of desert, mountain, and canyon in which its central action takes place, and its evocations of that landscape and those who are drawn to it suggest why Cather is acknowledged without question as the most poetically exact chronicler of the American frontier.

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ISBN-13:
9781595473639
Publisher:
NuVision Publications
Publication date:
01/01/2004
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311,614
File size:
414 KB

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A. S. Byatt
What intrigues me about [Cather] is the intelligence with which she combines her formidable learning in European art and literature with her 'new' uniformed or formless American subjects, the settlers and pioneers with their unrecorded lives and their diverse heritages.

Meet the Author

Willa Cather (1873-1947) was born in Virginia where for generations her ancestors farmed land. She became a teacher and journalist and is one of the greatest American writers of the twentieth century.

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Death Comes for the Archbishop 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read this book at least four times over the years and will be reading it again, I am sure. Its old school in the fact that it builds on frendships and dedication to helping others. At the end of our days can we look back and feel that we have truly made a difference? It helps us think of what is truly important in life. New Mexico is a wonderfull place and if you have ever been there then this book will feel like home.
Sassafrass1 More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written, steeped in the history of New Mexico and the dramas between pueblo native peoples and Christian efforts to convert them. Characters are well developed and feel for New Mexico .I am guessing she spent time in NM visitng with Mabel Dodge Luhan and her literary Circle in Taos.
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