Sunday, February 1, 2009

Willa Cather

I have just finished reading a collection of Cather’s early work, Stories, Reviews and Essays, and though I enjoyed the stories I wish I had skipped the rest. In the short stories there is evidence of the honesty and power that will some day bloom into Paul’s Case and “Death Comes For The Archbishop;” but a sanctimonious prig wrote the reviews and essays.


Carin said...

I love Willa Cathers work....if the reviews were by her "Peers" of the day, they had no respect for the talent which was hers...
I embrace her belief of wanting to represent the century from which she came, rather than becoming another from the century in which she existed. There is afterall plenty of room for both!


Shay said...

I admire Cather, too. That's why I was so disappointed in the reviews she wrote, which seem to have come from the pen of an uptight prude.