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The Troll Garden and Selected Stories

Willa Sibert Cather

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The Troll Garden in a collection of short stories written by author Willa Cather

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .She rose and began undressing. Before she lay down she went to open the window. With her hand on the sill, she hesitated, feeling suddenly as though some danger were lurking outside, some inordinate desire waiting to spring upon her in the darkness. She stood there for a long time, gazing at the infinite sweep of the sky.

"Oh, it is all so little, so little there," she murmured. "When everything else is so dwarfed, why should one expect love to be great? Why should one try to read highly coloured suggestions into a life like that? If only I could find one thing in it all that mattered greatly, one thing that would warm me when I am alone! Will life never give me that one great moment?"

As she raised the window, she heard a sound in the plum bushes outside. It was only the house-dog roused from his sleep, but Margaret started violently and trembled so that she caught. . . Read More

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This is an excellent collection of short stories by a great American writer. In the early 20th century she didn't get the credit she deserved because.......she was a woman. That is starting to change as modern readers are discovering what a treasure she was, and still is through her writing. Her...more

The Troll Garden and Selected Stories by Willa Cather contains some of her earliest writing. This collection includes the entirety of her 1905 collection The Troll Garden, along with her earliest nationally published story On the Divide, Eric Hermannsons Soul, another very early story, The Enchan...more

The Troll Garden by Willa Cather contains some of her earliest writing. She had published a collection of poetry titled April Twilights a couple of years earlier, and there are a couple of earlier short stories which are not included in this collection, but other than that this is the earliest ex...more

This is Willa Cather's first book, a collection of short stories, all loosely tied to people who love the arts. A wealthy woman who runs a salon/artist colony is excoriated in print by one of her former protegees, and her "why did HE marry HER" husband proves he loves her by hiding the news from...more

I have started a reading project of works by Willa Cather, having only read My Antonia years ago. I was under the impression that her characters were mainly country people from the midwestern plains and was pleasantly surprised that this book of her early stories was filled with artists, sophisti...more

No sabía qué esperar de Willa Cather, totalmente desconocida para mi, y la verdad es que me ha sorprendido muy gratamente.

Hace años me costaba muchísimo leer relatos porque me parecía que al ser tan breves me dejaban con demasiados hilos colgando en las historias que me gustaban, mientras que co...more

Magnífica autora que he descubierto. Una apuesta segura!

This is an excellent collection of short stories by a woman that I'd like to know more about. Every story in this book has to do with artists and disillusionment but not in a way that made me feel sad and unsatisfied. Willa Cather explores, as the back cover of the book says, "the devastated, rom...more

"The Troll Garden: Short Stories" is her earliest work of collected fiction. (She'd previously written come poetry). I'm a huge Willa Cather fan. Growing up, my favorite book was "My Antonia." I'm from Nebraska and they filmed the made-for-TV movie of "My Antonia" right across the street from my...more

What an amazing exploration and exposition of the almost-artistic soul. I quite identify with the characters in these stories, perhaps more than I care to admit publicly. I know so many persons who are almost artists, wannabe artists, not quite artists, and also actual artists who just can't quit...more

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