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Later Novels

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The library of America is dedicated to publishing America's best and most significant writing in handsome, enduring volumes, featuring authoritative texts. Hailed as the "finest-looking, longest-lasting editions ever made" (The New Republic), Library of America volumes make a fine gift for any occasion. Now, with exactly one hundred volumes to choose from, there is a perfe ...more
Hardcover, 976 pages
Published July 15th 1990 by Library of America
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May 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Cather's novels linger. You know it's a good book when you find yourself wondering, "I wonder what he is doing now?" about this or that character, after the book is finished. :) Cather elevates the mundane and "insignificant," lending dignity to hearth and home and revealing the complexities that reside within every person. Her voice is part of America, her landscapes part of our history. There are few authors who use setting to such a lasting advantage, actually creating almost another characte ...more
May 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Venessa by: Amanda
27 June 2008
Death Comes For The Archbishop
This is perhaps, I think, Cather's most complex work I've read to date. I definitely did not catch all of the nuances of the narrative in my first reading of it, and will have to read it again soon. In this novel, we really see Cather's faith revealed, as well as her lush descriptions. If I hadn't been aching for Colorado already, I would have been after reading this novel (and still am)! Cather also critiques the government and tribal policy in this nov
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cather is one of my favorite authors, though her later output is a mixed bag.

A LOST LADY: ***. This one seemed to retread a number of her previous devices: the central love plot echoed O PIONEERS!'s, while the narrative frame strongly resembled MY ANTONIA's. A fine work and not one I'm mad to have read, but I keep feeling like I missed something with this one. Read 9/15.

THE PROFESSOR'S HOUSE: ****. Structurally daring, this one thrives in its engrossing middle section which prints the "found' ma
Nov 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: partial-read
Death Comes for the Archbishop *** – This is a beautifully written, beautifully unfolding tale. It’s almost enough to make one believe in god. Almost. The book, like Bishop Latour, has a strong sense of place. It is stoically about eternity and mortality – the ancient landscape and man’s small role in it. The world shrugs at our futile efforts to tame it and each other. Yet there is a beauty to man and his/her endless struggles.

All the characters are presented sympathetically – women, Indians,
Oct 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
SHADOWS ON THE ROCK is the fourth in this compilation of Willa Cather's later novels. This book is historical fiction. It is also deeply Catholic. It takes place in Quebec, Canada, of which I know nothing. But, Cather's depiction of Quebec City and its position on a high hill, along with the severe weather there and the images of toasty indoor fireplaces, make me want to get on the bus and go there. An apothecary and his daughter are the characters with whom we become friends in Cather's careful ...more
Nov 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels
Even as late as earlier today, I planned to give this a "3". In this collection of six novels, I'd only previously read "Death Comes for the Archbishop" and I loved it. As I'd read each story, I'd find myself involved in the plot and characters, then I'd read the end, be disappointed, and think "That's a terrible way to end it!" Then I'd put the book aside to read something else before going on to the next story. And each time, the previously read story would kind of hang around in my mind, almo ...more
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Apr 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Dee Renee by: Virginia Miller
Shelves: 2010
I read Death Comes for the Archbishop before a trip to Albuquerque because I wanted to read about the history of New Mexico. Also, this is a book recommended to me more than 45 years ago by the town's librarian who had been my second-grade teacher. The descriptions of the land meant nothing to me, in my early teens, because I had only known the midwest of Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. A recent hiking trip to Big Bend National Park opened my imagination to the image of Jean Marie Latour who
had lo
Devyn Duffy
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Six excellent novels in this collection of later works by Willa Cather, one of America's greatest novelists. For reviews on the novels themselves, see the individual novel pages. In general, Cather's strengths are strong, complex characterization and vivid description. She often used real-life people, places, and events in her stories, to great effect.

As Cather is a novelist with a strong sense of place, it was a treat to read some of this within sight of one of the school buildings in which Cat
Jul 07, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I read "Death Comes for the Archbishop" for the adult summer reading program at my local library. Willa Cather is a Nebraska author. Like most Cather books, not much happens. It was interesting to read a bit about the history of New Mexico/Santa Fe, but I would have liked to have more of a story to go along with the history. Basically, the novel is about two Catholic priests who are missionaries in New Mexico after the area is annexed by the United States. It is a short read, and I don't know th ...more
Moira Downey
Aug 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Just as a point of clarification, of these novels, I tackled only Death Comes For the Archbishop as a book club entry, which I found beautiful in places and oddly unfulfilling in others. However, I feel as though my fairly tortured relationship with Catholicism (and notably its particularly complicated historical role in the American West) had no small part to play in what I found lacking about the book.
Mar 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Willa Cather is a Master Writer. The one not mentioned here and the one she received the PP for is My Antonia, a must read for anyone and everyone. Sapphira and the Slave girl speaks to the soul of those who know the longing for deserved respect. Lucy Gayheart, I read in grade school, an eon ago, and just remember enjoying it.
Any time spent with a Cather novel is basking in word art.
Amy Krohn
Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I especially love *A Lost Lady* and *Lucy Gayheart.* What characterization! The female heroines for both novels are both a cut above the rest of the world, but they both also have their character flaws which make them tragic.
Nov 23, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Interesting; I really adored "Shadows on the Rock," but by the time I got to the rest of the stories, I really wasn't in a Cather mood. I liked "A Lost Lady" a low (which reminded me of "My Antonia," in a way) and "Lucy Gayheart" was good. The others I wasn't as into as much.
Martin Bihl
Nov 18, 2012 rated it liked it
A Lost Lady - finished 11.20.12

The Professor's House - finished 05.30.13

(Death Comes to the Archbishop - finished 06.13.05)

Shadows on the Rock - finished 02.28.16

Lucy Gayheart - finished 02.27.17

Sapphira and the Slave Girl - finished 03.03.18
Dec 04, 2012 rated it liked it
I read A Lost Lady quickly - I was interested in the characters enough to continue reading. I felt quite a bit of disjointedness and unnecessary information for the plot of the story.
Jun 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
With in this tomb is my favorite Cather novel, "Shadows on the Rock". An engrossing novel that takes place over the course of one year in Quebec in the late 1600.
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-classics
Five stars for A Lost Lady and The Professor's House - the other novels I liked not quite as well.
Kelly Paprocki
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Only read Death Comes for the Archbishop. Was beautifully depicted albeit slow.
Great mini history of New Mexico and to a far lesser extent, Colorado/Arizona.
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good collection of her best
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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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