The Selected Letters of Willa Cather

The Selected Letters of Willa Cather

Book - 2013 | 1st ed.
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A collection of the writer's personal correspondences includes teenage reports of her 1880s Red Cloud life, letters written during her early journalism years, and the exchanges penned in observation of World War II and her own struggles with aging.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307959300
Branch Call Number: 921 CATHE-J
Characteristics: xxiii, 715 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.

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Apr 02, 2016

I must confess two things: I was eager to read this, and I found it disappointing. There is no lacy-soft intimacy and profound self-revelation (like Goethe), nor is there anything like reflections on the world and important events in it (like T. Mann's letters). Its mostly just chatter.

LaughingOne Jul 23, 2013

I'm a fan of many of Cather's novels. It was interesting to read some behind-the-scenes things, like how involved she got in the design of the book itself in the publishing process. All of the letters are written by Willa Cather, so it is a bit one-side, but the two people who selected the letters added comments, history and other information throughout, which helped a lot. I enjoyed seeing how she interacted with other writers and artists, her contemporaries, and those letters gave a fuller picture of her and her life. Well, all the letter did that actually. This is a big book and took quite a while to read. It's worth it though.

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