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Willa Cather in Europe: Her Own Story of the First Journey
Willa Cather was twenty-eight years old in the summer of 1902 when she saw England and France for the first time. Behind her stretched the Nebraska fields of her childhood and still ahead of her the world as it belongs only to great writers. The 1902 journey, coming ten years before she made her literary mark with O Pioneers!, was unrepeatable, special in its effects on he ...more
Paperback, 178 pages
Published November 1st 1988 by University of Nebraska Press
(first published 1988)
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Book should be titled "Willa Cather in Europe" by George N. Gates. His prologues before every chapter were extensively annoying, extensively long and also, they were patronizing. No, George, we could not have read the book without you ... you had to analyze each entry for us before we can read it ourselves and develop our own opinions and conclusions. My esteem of Cather actually lessened after reading this one. Good job, George.
Jun 06, 2016 Terry rated it liked it · review of another edition
This is an uneven volume due to the overlap of Kates's literary criticism with Cather's early travel journalism. Even so young, Cather's writing had the stuff to hold this reader's attention. Kates essays, always preceding Cather's letters home to the Lincoln, Nebraska, newspaper, tended to be repetitive. I would have been content with a short afterword by Kates and to have Cather's writing stand on its own until then.
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 ...moreMore about Willa Cather...
“A group of girls with their hair hanging loose over their shoulders, and the most strident voices imaginable, sold flowers at the foot of an equestrian statue, done in bronze by Thornycroft when the Empress was a young woman.”
“Constant comparisons are the stamp of the foreigner; one continually translates manners and customs of a new country into terms of his own, before he can fully comprehend them.”More quotes…