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Collected Stories

4.08  ·  Rating Details  ·  371 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
The most complete collection available of Willa Cather's remarkable short fiction, Collected Storiesbrings together allthestories published in book form during her lifetime along with two additional volumescompiled after her death.

These nineteen storiesresonate withallthe great themes that Cather staked out like tracts of fertile land: the plight of people hungry for beau
Paperback, 512 pages
Published December 1st 1992 by Vintage (first published June 1970)
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Feb 04, 2008 Kristine rated it it was amazing
This book of short stories was very interesting and written by one of my FAVORITE authors. I have yet to read something by Willa Cather that I don't love. The 15 stories are very character-driven and many of them took place at the turn of the century. I had to take it back to the library before reading the final 3 stories, and keep meaning to check it out again. My favorite story was Flavia and her Artists and the one about the Czech immigrant.
Apr 26, 2014 Lisa rated it liked it
Having read "My Antonia," I thought I would enjoy this collection of Willa Cather's short stories. I did enjoy some of them, but other stories in the anthology were difficult to stay involved in. Oddly, her longer short stories which were more like novellas were more enjoyable for me. She had a wonderful way of portraying a certain type of person, one not typical of mainstream Americana. Her pictures of immigrants striving to survive on the prairies are wonderful. Even reading them from another ...more
Oct 06, 2015 Danelle rated it it was amazing
(This is a long, long review. You've been warned.)

A collection of 19 short stories previously published in other collections, books, and magazines with the added notes on an unfinished work that Cather had destroyed after her death, it's an excellent collection of her works.

The first section contains 3 stories from The Troll Garden.

1. Flavia and Her Artists

Imogene visits her friend Flavia at her place, which is filled with "artists". Her visit with the artists does not go as it's expected to.

Jan 25, 2008 Frederick added it
Shelves: stories, cather
I won't give this stars because I've only read two stories by Willa Cather. But those stories were great.
One is called "Paul's Case." It's been said Paul is a precursor to Holden Caulfied. It is a story waiting for a movie adaptation. (Nobody's ever filmed CATCHER IN THE RYE, either. Salinger won't let 'em. Good for him. He's showing us the power of books. His book stands entirely on its own.)
I have forgotten the title of the other story I'm thinking of, but it involves the funeral of somebody t
Jan 23, 2014 Gale rated it liked it

"How does the Iconoclast Fit In?"

This quaint collection of five stories proves vintage Cather in literary microcosm. Two tales are set in one of her preferred milieus: the American southwest. In “The Enchanted Bluff” the narrator is increasingly obsessed with the ghostsIs of a vanished Native American civilization. Is the Narrator a budding anthropologist or just using a dlong-dead culture as an excuse to turn his back on the world? Is there truly more peace to be fou
My appreciation for Cather grew with each story. For my full review, please visit my blog.

Feb 22, 2010 Penny rated it really liked it
I know, most people rate her as good-but-not-quite-great, but some of these stories are just luminous. . . .or they capture a sense of time and place so well -- Neighbor Rosicky, for example.
Sep 25, 2011 Jessica rated it did not like it
Gosh, turns out I totally hate Willa Cather. Who knew?
Alec Sieber
Oct 28, 2013 Alec Sieber rated it it was ok
Cather is a stolid writer, not given to stylistic excitements or other potential lapses in formality. We have here, then, a solid set of steady stories. While these stories may nominally address such heady themes as coming to terms with death, or the humble nobility of the immigrant experience, their true purpose lies in the quiet unearthing of subtle moments of character, silent reveals of minor fate or destiny. At Cather's best, as in "Tom Outland's Story" or "Coming, Aphrodite", the accrual o ...more
Dec 19, 2015 mariam rated it it was amazing
heartwarming and melancholic and peaceful and wonderful
Angela Conrad
Feb 09, 2014 Angela Conrad rated it it was ok
Have really enjoyed previous Cather novels. This collection of short stories were all so similar that it became boring after the first two or three.
Catherine Richmond
As a Virginian who moved to Nebraska, I ought to like Willa Cather. And I try. In fact, in spite of my compulsive tendency to finish what I start, it took two tries to slog through this. I'm sorry, but reading should not be drudgery.
Apr 28, 2009 Charity rated it it was ok
My parents recently returned a box of my books from college. I am trying to figure out why I wanted to keep them. Still havent; figured it out and this is the last one.
Christopher Newton
Love Cather's Nebraska stories but can't abide her stuffy high culture middle aged stories of testy New Yotk opera singers and their ilk.
May 16, 2010 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-resolution
I enjoyed these stories so much that I think I'm going to dive into a novel next. Where should I start, Catherphiles? My Antonia?
Jun 03, 2011 Joy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classic
Novellas, part of Tom's book collection. She's really a magnificent writer. Learned a lot in her bio.
I read "Paul's Case", "Neighbor Rosicky", "Old Mrs. Harris", "The Old Beauty", and "The Best Years".
Lauren Albert
Dec 15, 2013 Lauren Albert rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I read around 40% and stopped. I may go back at some point but it felt a bit dated.
Jan 08, 2009 Albessa rated it it was amazing
The troll Garden was one of my favorites in this collection!
Mar 30, 2009 Tiffany rated it really liked it
cather's depiction of prairie life is dessoir's sublime
Jul 29, 2010 Randee rated it it was amazing
Perhaps my favorite book of short stories...wonderful!
Aug 02, 2007 Julie rated it it was ok
Shelves: paisleys
Nathan's pick, Paul's Case by Willa Cather
Jun 19, 2010 Katrina rated it really liked it
These are so fabulous.
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Wilella Sibert Cather was born in Back Creek Valley, Virgina (Gore) in December 7, 1873. Her novels on frontier life brought her to national recognition. In 1923 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, One of Ours (1922), set during World War I. She grew up in Virginia and Nebraska. She then attended the University of Nebraska, initially planning to become a physician, but after writing ...more
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