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Willa Cather Collection: A Wagner Matinee, The Sculptor's Funeral
     

Willa Cather Collection: A Wagner Matinee, The Sculptor's Funeral

by Willa Cather
 

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A Wagner Matinee: Willa Cather is considered to be one of the best chroniclers of pioneer life in the 20th century. She had a long and distinguished career writing essays, poems, short stories, and novels. This story is a powerful example of a frequent theme: the haunting, sometimes painful, contrast between city and country life.

The Sculptor's Funeral:

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A Wagner Matinee: Willa Cather is considered to be one of the best chroniclers of pioneer life in the 20th century. She had a long and distinguished career writing essays, poems, short stories, and novels. This story is a powerful example of a frequent theme: the haunting, sometimes painful, contrast between city and country life.

The Sculptor's Funeral: This story was first published in McClure's Magazine in 1905. Harvey Merrick, a famous sculptor, died of tuberculosis at the age of 40. As the story begins, a group of townsfolk waits for the arrival of the night train that is bringing his body back from the East for burial in the small Kansas town where he grew up. Only one man, however, understands what Harvey has accomplished since leaving their town. The rest of the town folk seem close minded and provincial. This is a bittersweet story about an artist who is understood by most of the world - but not by his own people.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781469260150
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
12/04/2012
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Born in Virginia, Willa Cather (1873-1948) moved with her family to Nebraska before she was ten, which later provided the setting for her best-known novels. The books O Pioneers! and My Antonia, especially, with their focus on immigrant life on the prairie, established Cather as a major American novelist.

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

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