The most cogent, balanced biography of Cather to date, one that explores her many dimensions as a journalist, magazine editor, teacher, and velist. . . . Altogether, this smoothly written, richly detailed biography augments Willa Cather's claims to literary greatness. -New York Times Book Review
Lucia Woods of Chicago and New York has exhibited across Nebraska, at Darmouth, Sweet Briar, and the Art Insititute of Chicago, and in New York, Santa Fe, and London. She has made presentations to many groups, including the American Studies Association, and published essays with photographs in the Prairie Schooner and Great Plains Quarterly. Bernice Slote, a distinguished Cather scholar, was a professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her publications included editions of April Twilights (1903); Poems of Willa Cather (1962, 1968); The Kingdom of Art: Willa Cather's First Principles and Critical Statements, 1893-1896 (1967); and Uncle Valentine and Other Stories: Willa Cather's Uncollected Short Fiction (1973, 1986), all published by the UNP.