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The Professor's House by Willa Cather
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Aug 15, 2008

it was amazing
Read in March, 2008

Geoffery St. Peter (professor) moves into a new house, but keeps the old house as a study. A brilliant student, Tom Outland, invents a new engine that makes a lot of money. Tom dies in WWI, leaving his fortune to his fiance, Rosamond, one of the professor's daughters. Rosamond and her new husband become parvenus.

The book is half about primoral America - the Blue Mesa in New Mexico, swimming in delicious Lake Michigan and half about the transition from middle age to old age and wanting to sleep, rest and contemplate the universe. A spare correct style that celibrates America without the boisterous cheerleading of Whitman.

Cather is one of my favorites.
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Stacey Nicely put.

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