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The Selected Letters of Willa Cather

 
 
Author
Andrew Jewell & Janis Stout, eds.
Publisher Knopf  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.55 x 1.7 inches
ISBN 9780307959300
Pages/Publication Date 696/2013
Daedalus Item Code 54698
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This first publication of the letters of one of America's most consistently admired writers is both an exciting and a significant literary event. Willa Cather, wanting to be judged on her work alone, clearly forbade the publication of her letters in her will—even so, more than 65 years after her death (and with her literary reputation as secure as a reputation can be), the letters have become available for publication. The voice heard in these letters—some of them to Sarah Orne Jewett, Robert Frost, Yehudi Menuhin, and Sinclair Lewis—is one we already know from her fiction: confident, elegant, detailed, openhearted, concerned with profound ideas, but also at times funny, sentimental, and sarcastic.

"This prodigious editorial feat gives readers a glimpse for the first time into the mind of the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of O Pioneers! ... Throughout, Cather emerges as a humorous, profound, and difficult personality whose cosmopolitan life and commitment to crafting a successful public persona should challenge misconceptions."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"[Andrew] Jewell and [Janis] Stout have performed a valuable service with this book, from which Cather emerges as a strong and vivid presence, a woman at once surprisingly modern and touchingly—if not always sweetly—old-fashioned.... As a pure prose stylist, she ranks with Hemingway; as a self-made American artist and feminist pioneer, she traveled a far greater distance—from tiny Red Cloud to Manhattan—than Fitzgerald did when he made the leap from middle-class St. Paul to Princeton. These letters bring her fuzzy image into much sharper focus, and for that we owe Jewell and Stout a debt of gratitude."—NYTBR

 
 
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