The World of Willa Cather

The World of Willa Cather

The World of Willa Cather

The World of Willa Cather

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WHEN HE REVIEWED this book in 1951, Charles Poore wrote that there was no need for a Willa Cather revival --"the world has never lost its taste for her excellent writing." The same assertion can be made quite as confidently today: from the response of a new generation of readers it is evident that the taste has been inherited; the flow of critical writing which began shortly after Miss Cather's death shows no signs of slacking off; and in colleges and universities interest in her life and work is decidedly on the increase--at least if I may judge from the number of professors and graduate students who write seeking information or come in person to Red Cloud.

The existence of a new Cather audience has, as much as anything, prompted the reissue of this book; the fact that the last word on Willa Cather is still a long way from being said is responsible for the addition of a fairly extensive supplementary section. It is true that although a heartening majority of reviewers acclaimed THE WORLD OF WILLA CATHER as indispensable for everyone interested in the subject, they were equally emphatic in denouncing it for the omission of reference notes and . . .

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