Willa Cather: A Literary Life

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James Woodress goes beyond previous biographers in drawing on some fifteen hundred letters, interviews, speeches, and reminiscences. He separates much fact from fiction and takes into account the ever-growing body of Cather criticism.

The author of My Ántonia and Death Comes for the Archbishop was in love with life: here are her passions, prejudices, and quirks of personality. Thoroughly grounded in Cather's writings, which were autobiographical to an uncommon degree, Willa ...

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Overview


James Woodress goes beyond previous biographers in drawing on some fifteen hundred letters, interviews, speeches, and reminiscences. He separates much fact from fiction and takes into account the ever-growing body of Cather criticism.

The author of My Ántonia and Death Comes for the Archbishop was in love with life: here are her passions, prejudices, and quirks of personality. Thoroughly grounded in Cather's writings, which were autobiographical to an uncommon degree, Willa Cather: A Literary Life is likely to stand as the definitive biography of her for years to come.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An intensely private person, Cather (1873-1947) strewed obstacles in the path of biographers. In this biography, however, based on a wealth of primary material as well as the work of other scholars, Woodress, Cather editor for American Literary Scholarship, does a model job of clearing that path and letting Cather shine forth as author and woman, an undertaking justified by both her status as an indisputably major American writer and the fact that her stories and novels closely reflected her life experience. Born in Virginia and largely raised in Nebraska, Cather developed a precocious literary talent at the University of Nebraska, was for years one of the country's top magazine editors and then, at age 38, turned her attention to writing full time. She was a strong-willed woman of ambivalent sexuality (an issue examined by Woodress with tact and common sense) who, though capable of powerful friendships, put art before all else. As a writer she was a Romantic with a strong streak of the elegiac and a gift of sympathy that in such novels as Death Comes for the Archbishop and Shadows on the Rock deeply engages the reader's emotions. Photos. (October 30)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803297081
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1989
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 625
  • Sales rank: 844,143
  • Product dimensions: 1.36 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

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James Woodress, a professor of English at the University of California at Davis, is the author of Willa Cather: Her Life and Art and other books.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2000

    A fitting homage

    This is the only fitting biography produced dealing with Willa Cather's life. Highly readable, Woodress mimics Cather's own subdued style by avoiding the 'juicy' homosexual innuendo other accounts lapse into and delivers the facts without flash. Cather is a literary treasure this country should never forget and Woodress does his part to insure that does not happen. This volume contains Woodress's best Cather scholarship that was previously scattered in various introductions and articles. This was my principal secondary source in writing my thesis. Suitable for academic use and pleasure reading.

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