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Death Comes for the Archbishop
     

Death Comes for the Archbishop

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by Willa Cather
 

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Introduction by A. S. Byatt

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Introduction by A. S. Byatt

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“A truly remarkable book . . . Soaked through and through with atmosphere . . . From the riches of her imagination and sympathy Miss Cather has distilled a very rare piece of literature. It stands out, from the very resistance it opposes to classification.” --The New York Times

 "The most sensuous of writers, Willa Cather builds her imagined world as solidly as our five senses build the uiverse around us.” —Rebecca West

 “[Cather’s] descriptions of the Indian mesa towns on the rock are as beautiful, as unjudging, as lucid, as her descriptions of the Bishop’s cathedral. It is an art of ‘making,’ of clear depiction—of separate objects, whose whole effect works slowly and mysteriously in the reader, and cannot be summed up. . . . Cather’s composed acceptance of mystery is a major, and rare, artistic achievement.” —A. S. Byatt

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394421544
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/27/1927

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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, author of twelve novels, including O Pioneers!, My Ántonia, and Death Comes for the Archbishop, was born in Virginia in 1873 but grew up in Nebraska, where many of her novels are set. She died in 1947 in New York City.

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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Death Comes for the Archbishop 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read this book at least four times over the years and will be reading it again, I am sure. Its old school in the fact that it builds on frendships and dedication to helping others. At the end of our days can we look back and feel that we have truly made a difference? It helps us think of what is truly important in life. New Mexico is a wonderfull place and if you have ever been there then this book will feel like home.
Sassafrass1 More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written, steeped in the history of New Mexico and the dramas between pueblo native peoples and Christian efforts to convert them. Characters are well developed and feel for New Mexico .I am guessing she spent time in NM visitng with Mabel Dodge Luhan and her literary Circle in Taos.
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