Youth and the Bright Medusa

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In 1920 Willa Cather collected eight of the stories she had written over the past twenty years into Youth and the Bright Medusa, stories of the perilous pursuit of the bright medusa of art in a hostile, materialistic world. These include some of her best tales: "Coming, Aphrodite!" focuses on a dedicated painter and his affair with a singer in pursuit of celebrity; "Paul's Case" and "A Wagner Matinee" tell of a young man and an old woman with artistic longings crushed by their environments; "The Sculptor's ...
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Youth and the Bright Medusa: Collection of short stories

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Overview

In 1920 Willa Cather collected eight of the stories she had written over the past twenty years into Youth and the Bright Medusa, stories of the perilous pursuit of the bright medusa of art in a hostile, materialistic world. These include some of her best tales: "Coming, Aphrodite!" focuses on a dedicated painter and his affair with a singer in pursuit of celebrity; "Paul's Case" and "A Wagner Matinee" tell of a young man and an old woman with artistic longings crushed by their environments; "The Sculptor's Funeral" and "The Diamond Mine" show the high costs of success.

Contains eight of Cather's finest stories. "More than a random collection of excellent tales. . .one of the most poetical interpretations of American life."--The Nation

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"[Youth and the Bright Medusa is] an invaluable asset to scholars looking for a well-rounded, complete study of Willa Cather’s writing. Nothing is left out, nothing is wanting."—Nancee Reeves, Documentary Editing

— Nancee Reeves

Documentary Editing - Nancee Reeves

"[Youth and the Bright Medusa is] an invaluable asset to scholars looking for a well-rounded, complete study of Willa Cather's writing. Nothing is left out, nothing is wanting."—Nancee Reeves, Documentary Editing
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781169838178
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 2/28/2011
  • Pages: 302
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Willa Cather

Mark J. Madigan is a professor of English at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. He is the author of many articles on Willa Cather and the editor of three volumes by Dorothy Canfield Fisher.
 
Frederick M. Link and Charles W. Mignon are both professors emeritus of English at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and textual editors of the Willa Cather Scholarly Edition series.
 
Judith Boss is a professor of English at the University of Nebraska–Omaha and teaches computer applications in English. She has digitized several American literature texts for Project Gutenberg and other digital libraries and repositories.

Kari A. Ronning is a research associate professor of English, assistant editor of the Willa Cather Scholarly Edition series, and codirector of the Willa Cather Journalism project at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
 
 

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    1. Also Known As:
      Wilella Sibert Cather (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 7, 1873
    2. Place of Birth:
      Winchester, Virginia
    1. Date of Death:
      April 27, 1947
    2. Place of Death:
      New York, New York

Table of Contents

Youth and the Bright Medusa 1

Acknowledgments 307

Historical Apparatus: Historical Essay 313

Illustrations 376

Explanatory Notes 377

Textual Apparatus: Textual Essay 459

Emendations 513

Notes on Emendations 521

Table of Rejected Substantives 525

Word Division 605

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