A Lost Ladyby Willa Cather
Marian Forrester is the symbolic flower of the Old American West. She draws her strength from that solid foundation, bringing delight and beauty to her elderly husband, to the small town of Sweet Water where they live, to the prairie land itself, and to the young narrator of her story, Neil Herbert. All are bewitched by her brilliance and grace, and all are ultimately betrayed. For Marian longs for "life on any terms", and in fulfilling herself, she loses all she loved and all who loved her. This, Willa Cather's most perfect novel, is not only a portrait of a troubling beauty, but also a haunting evocation of a noble age slipping irrevocably into the past.
"This classic has the striking economy of Hemingway, and is as poignant an elegy for the pioneer West as I have read." —The Times
"A poised and perfectly shaped novel." —Daily Mail
"Her finest novel...Unforgettable...This wonderful performance displays Cather's narrative technique at its sharpest, as well as her understanding of the eloquence of the slightest gesture, the simplest statement...A masterpiece." —Irish Times
"She is undoubtedly one of the greatest American writers." —The Observer
Meet the Author
Susan J. Rosowski (1942-2004).
Kari A. Ronning is assistant editor of the Cather Scholarly Edition.
Charles W. Mignon and Frederick M. Link are professors emeritus of English at the University of Nebraska.
- Date of Birth:
- December 7, 1873
- Date of Death:
- April 27, 1947
- Place of Birth:
- Winchester, Virginia
- Place of Death:
- New York, New York
- B.A., University of Nebraska, 1895
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