The Selected Letters of Willa Cather

The Selected Letters of Willa Cather

Book - 2013
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Willa Cather, wanting only her work to speak for her, clearly forbade the publication of her letters in her will. But now, over sixty-five years after her death, the letters have become available for publication. Here then are 564 letters, nearly 20 percent of the entire cache. The voice is strikingly consistent with the voice of her fiction: confident, elegant, detailed, open-hearted, concerned with profound ideas, but at the same time unfiltered, full of small fibs, emotional outbursts, inconsistencies, and the joys and sorrows of the moment.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2013.
ISBN: 9780307959300
Characteristics: xxiii, 715 pages :,illustrations, portraits ;,25 cm.
Alternative Title: Willa Cather.

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Apr 02, 2016

I must confess two things: I was eager to read this, and I found it disappointing. There is no lacy-soft intimacy and profound self-revelation (like Goethe), nor is there anything like reflections on the world and important events in it (like T. Mann's letters). Its mostly just chatter.

LaughingOne Jul 23, 2013

I'm a fan of many of Cather's novels. It was interesting to read some behind-the-scenes things, like how involved she got in the design of the book itself in the publishing process. All of the letters are written by Willa Cather, so it is a bit one-side, but the two people who selected the letters added comments, history and other information throughout, which helped a lot. I enjoyed seeing how she interacted with other writers and artists, her contemporaries, and those letters gave a fuller picture of her and her life. Well, all the letter did that actually. This is a big book and took quite a while to read. It's worth it though.

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