Death Comes for the Archbishop

Death Comes for the Archbishop

3.3 28
by Willa Cather
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Death Comes for the Archbishop sprang from Willa Cather's love for the land and cultures of the American Southwest. Published in 1927 to both praise and perplexity, it has since claimed for itself a major place in twentieth-century literature. The narrative follows Bishop Jean Latour and Father Joseph Vaillant, friends since their childhood in France, as they organize…  See more details below

Overview

Death Comes for the Archbishop sprang from Willa Cather's love for the land and cultures of the American Southwest. Published in 1927 to both praise and perplexity, it has since claimed for itself a major place in twentieth-century literature. The narrative follows Bishop Jean Latour and Father Joseph Vaillant, friends since their childhood in France, as they organize the new Roman Catholic diocese of Santa Fe subsequent to the Mexican War. While seeking to revive the church and build a cathedral in the desert, the clerics, like their historical prototypes, Bishop Jean Laury and Father Joseph Machebeuf, face religious corruption, natural adversity, and the loneliness of living in a strange and unforgiving land. The historical essay traces the artistic and spiritual development that led to its writing. The broad-ranging explanatory notes illuminate the elements of French, Mexican, Hispanic, and Native American cultures that meet in the course of the narrative, they also explain the part played by the land and its people - their history, religion, art, and languages.

Read More

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"A powerful piece of writing, rich with the essence of a poor but beautiful country and a simple yet dignified people."  —Sunday Times

"Quite simply a masterpiece . . . I am completely bowled over by it; by the power of its writing, by the vividness of its scene painting and  by the stories it tells...This is a book which I go on rereading."  —A.N. Wilson, Daily Telegraph

"A tremendous, ranging story, economical and distilled as poetry."  —Jane Gardam

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679728894
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/28/1990
Series:
Vintage Classics Series
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
463,509
Product dimensions:
5.14(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.62(d)
Lexile:
1150L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

What People are saying about this

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.

Brief Biography

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

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >