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- DescriptionWilla Cather's 1935 vel drew on her lifelong interest in music, which plays a transformative role in the lives of her characters. Cather's last vel set in the Great Plains tells the story of young Lucy Gayheart, who escapes life in small-town Haverford, Nebraska, in 1902 to pursue a career in music. In Chicago she falls in love with an older singer, Clement Sebastian, who finds renewed inspiration in her. However, tragic chance destroys their ensuing love affair. The vel has evoked divergent responses among critics and readers ever since its publication. This Willa Cather Scholarly Edition includes a historical essay providing fresh insight into the vel, the role of music, and Cather's writing process. It also features photographs, maps, and explanatory tes with a full range of biographical, historical, and cultural information. The textual editing of the vel, approved by the Committee on Scholarly Editions of the Modern Language Association, draws on corrected typescripts and proofs and presents a clean, authoritative text of the first edition.
- Author BiographyDavid Porter, a professor of classics, English, and music from 1962 to 2013, also served as president of Carleton College (1986-87) and Skidmore College (1987-99). He is the author of On the Divide: The Many Lives of Willa Cather (Nebraska, 2008) and coauthor of Seeking Life Whole: Willa Cather and the Brewsters. Kari A. Ronning is a research associate professor of English and textual editor of the Willa Cather Scholarly Editions, most recently The Song of the Lark (Nebraska, 2012). She worked on the historical editing of A Lost Lady (Nebraska, 1997) and Obscure Destinies (Nebraska, 1998). Frederick M. Link (1930-2011), professor emeritus of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is the textual editor of Cather's Obscure Destinies (Nebraska, 1998), The Professor's House (Nebraska, 2002), and Shadows on the Rock (Nebraska, 2006).
- Author(s)Willa Cather
- PublisherUniversity of Nebraska Press
- Date of Publication01/08/2015
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Series TitleWilla Cather Scholarly Edition
- Place of PublicationLincoln
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Nebraska Press
- Content Note33 illustrations
- Weight998 g
- Width3887 mm
- Height5817 mm
- Spine44 mm
- Edited byFrederick M. Link,Kari A. Ronning
- Format DetailsCloth over boards
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