Death Comes for the Archbishop (Willa Cather Scholarly Edition Series)

Death Comes for the Archbishop (Willa Cather Scholarly Edition Series)

by Willa Cather
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Death Comes for the Archbishop (Willa Cather Scholarly Edition Series) by Willa Cather

Death Comes for the Archbishop sprang from Willa Cather’s love for the land and cultures of the American Southwest. Published in 1927 to both praise and perplexity, it has since claimed for itself a major place in twentieth-century literature.

 

When Cather first visited the American Southwest in 1912, she found a new world to imagine and soon came to feel that "the story of the Catholic Church in [the Southwest] was the most interesting of all its stories." The narrative follows Bishop Jean Latour and Father Joseph Vaillant, friends since their childhood in France, as they organize the new Roman Catholic diocese of Santa Fe subsequent to the Mexican War. While seeking to revive the church and build a cathedral in the desert, the clerics, like their historical prototypes, Bishop Jean Lamy and Father Joseph Machebeuf, face religious corruption, natural adversity, and the loneliness of living in a strange and unforgiving land.

 

The Willa Cather Scholarly Edition presents groundbreaking research, establishing a new text that reflects Cather’s long and deep involvement with her story. The historical essay traces the artistic and spiritual development that led to its writing. The broad-ranging explanatory notes illuminate the elements of French, Mexican, Hispanic, and Native American cultures that meet in the course of the narrative; they also explain the part played by the land and its people—their history, religion, art, and languages. The textual essay and apparatus reveal Cather’s creative process and enable the reader to follow the complex history of the text.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780394716794
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/12/1971
Series: Willa Cather Scholarly Edition Series

About the Author

Volume editor John J. Murphy is a professor of English at Brigham Young University.

 

Textual editor Charles Mignon is a professor of English at the University of Nebraska.

 

Frederick M. Link is a professor emeritus of English at the University of Nebraska.

 

Kari A. Ronning is assistant editor for the Willa Cather Scholarly Edition.

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 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Prose is very visually written. Enjoyed this book.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Slower time and the book is not fast paced either but if you are tired of the fast pace of our society step back in time and enjoy.
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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