Willa Cather: Double Lives

Willa Cather: Double Lives

by Hermione Lee
     
 

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Cather is usually read as a nostalgic celebrator of the American past. Lee explores a stranger and more complex Cather, whose life and work are rife with split identities, sexual conflicts and stoic fatalism. Illustrated.

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Cather is usually read as a nostalgic celebrator of the American past. Lee explores a stranger and more complex Cather, whose life and work are rife with split identities, sexual conflicts and stoic fatalism. Illustrated.

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Library Journal
The extremely well-traveled, versatile, and prolific Willa Cather (1873-1947) was a private person and hence ``a resistant subject, even an obstructive one'' for a biographer. Lee's book, however, is ``not a biographical tour,'' for when Cather begins writing novels Lee turns away ``from what happens in her life to what happens in her language.'' The result is excellent reading for anyone who knows something of Cather's novels and stories, students seeking clear interpretations, or laypersons looking for a solid introduction. Lee sees Cather's fiction as more complex than popularly thought, more rife with conflict and fatalism. The author consistently links Cather's writing and life and justly emphasizes some largely overlooked but valuable novels. This is a good choice for general literature collections.-- John Miller, Normandale Com munity Coll., Minne apolis

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394537030
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/05/1990
Edition description:
1st American ed
Pages:
410

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