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The Sculptor's Funeral

3.45  ·  Rating Details ·  56 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews

Uprooted from a well-ordered life in Virginia when she was nine, Willa Cather came of age in the West during the last years of the American frontier. She developed a love for the beauty of the open grassland and an abiding interest in the Old World customs of her neighbors, the dreamers and builders who inhabit her fiction. This collection includes work from the early part

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Paperback, 48 pages
Published by Kessinger Publishing, LLC (first published April 22nd 2009)
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Cynthia
Jan 09, 2017 Cynthia rated it it was amazing
In Scultor Cather does what she does so well, write about the interplay of a creative person returning home to the place and people who formed them, and who they ran from as far as they possibly could.
Jonathan
Jan 30, 2017 Jonathan rated it it was amazing
Last short story for January, and it was by far my favorite. Highly recommend!
Nathan C.
Sep 27, 2012 Nathan C. rated it it was ok
Of course there are--or were--towns like this. But I don't like the stereotype that a "great" man is a hypersensitive sculptor or an earth-shaking lawyer, while farmers and bankers are stingy, dull, dirty opportunists who scoff at anything that is not useful to them.

I have a suspicion that Willa Cather and Ralph Moody could have grown up in the same town, among the same people, and said the same things.

Which was right?
Steven Berbec
Jul 20, 2015 Steven Berbec rated it really liked it
My first from Cather and certainly not my last. Beautiful prose. After reading it I had a longing for the South and some of the good ol' folk I have befriended over the years. In reading this piece, it felt like many of the conversations the South still engages in—some people really don't change and maybe that's not such a bad thing.
Crystal
Jan 20, 2016 Crystal rated it it was ok
Seems the author could not hide her own bigoted resentment in this short story in which she wrote as the hero the most unlikely!
I read My Antonia in school and so read this short but I do not care for the author personally so, done!
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Wilella Sibert Cather was born in Back Creek Valley (Gore), Virginia, 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 writin ...more
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“It's not a pleasant place to be lying while the world is moving and doing and bettering... but it rather seems as though we ought to go back to the place we came from in the end.” 1 likes
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