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A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays

Willa Sibert Cather

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Stories and essays by Willa Cather

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. . .Pioneer,” his “Gold Seekers,” and those monuments in which he had invested one and another of the heroes of the Civil War with such convincing dignity and power.

“Where in the world does he get the heat to make an idea like that carry?” Bentley remarked morosely, scowling at the clay figure. “Hang me, Hartwell, if I don’t think it’s just because you’re not really an American at all, that you can look at it like that.”

The big man shifted uneasily against the window. “Yes,” he replied smiling, “perhaps there is something in that. My citizenship was somewhat belated and emotional in its flowering. I’ve half a mind to tell you about it, Bentley.” He rose uncertainly, and, after hesitating a moment, went back into his workroom, where he began fumbling among the litter in the corners.

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Community Reviews

Most of the stories are classic Cather - stoic Swedes, fiddle-playing Bohunks and lively young girls fading into dutiful destiny on the Nebraska plains - balanced with a couple of other tales featuring New York or Paris as the setting. Many of them have that My Ántonia air of reluctant nostalgia,...more


One needs to regularly check the dates her stories were written because they just don’t feel over 100 years old.

Very good collection of short stories. I love her quiet stories....the narrator David Wales is good too.

Charming reviews and essays about Edgar Allan Poe, Henry James, Walt Whitman, Kate Chopin, Stephan Crane, and other contemporaries, which are alternately charming or scathing. The essay on Poe was rather sweet, while the piece on Twain was hilarious. My favorite might be the essay on Kate Chopin'...more

I have read most of Cather's novels and many of her short stories, and I can honestly say I have never been disappointed. Some are better than others, that's only normal, but they all maintain a quality of excellence that is almost unsurpassed, especially in such a large volume of work.

In this co...more

This will have to be a book I return to at a later time. I give it two stars because Cather is not a favorite author, and her short stories are more dreary than some of her other writing. This book has some interesting profiles on other authors of her time- and Cather gets one star for calling Tw...more

This collects a dozen of Willa Cather's short stories and critical reviews of the works of roughly a dozen of Cather's contemporaries. The stories are wondrous; Cather sketches full, credible characters. Her take on the world is so very cold - some of the lives break lucky, but overall, Cather ha...more