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- Description'Youth and the Bright Medusa' is a collection of short stories by acclaimed American author Willa Cather. Beautifully written, the stories in this book all deal with artists and/or the arts. Unlike some stories which seem to be a slice of life with plot or resolution, these stories all have an interesting story line and a clever or interesting resolution. All of the stories are entertaining eugh to hold the reader's attention to the end. Readers who enjoy 20th century American literature will love Willa Cather. She is right up there with the likes of Edith Wharton, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Henry James. In the most spare, concise style, she wrings hearts as she digs into emotions and dreams. Among this stunning collection: Paul's Case - a Midwestern youth plans an escape with No Exit; A Wagner Matinee - an elderly aunt meets her nephew in Boston for a naked musical moment; Coming Aphrodite! - a young painter falls in love with an aspiring opera singer. However, in the words of Cather, A big career takes its toll, even with the best of luck. Cather is an American great!
- Author BiographyWilla Sibert Cather (1873 -1947) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American author who achieved recognition for her novels of frontier life on the Great Plains, works such as O Pioneers!, My Antonia, and The Song of the Lark. In 1923 she was awarded the Pulitzer for One of Ours (1922), a novel set during World War I. Cather grew up in Nebraska and graduated from the state university; she lived in New York for most of her adult life and writing career. In 1896, Cather moved to Pittsburgh after being hired to write for The Home Monthly. She lived in Pittsburgh until 1906. In Pittsburgh, she taught English first at Central High School for one year and then at Allegheny High School, where she also taught Latin and became the head of the English department. She also worked as a telegraph editor and drama critic for the Pittsburgh Leader and frequently contributed to The Library, another local publication. She moved to New York City in 1906 upon receiving a job offer on the editorial staff from McClure's Magazine. Cather and Georgina M. Wells were co-authors of a critical biography of Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science. It was serialized in McClure's in 1907-8 and published the next year as a book. Christian Scientists were outraged and tried to buy up every copy. McClure's serialized Cather's first novel, Alexander's Bridge (1912). The work showed her admiration for the style of Henry James. While recognizing her potential, the author Sarah Orne Jewett advised Cather to rely less on James and more on her own experiences in Nebraska. Cather left McClure's in 1912 and began to write full time. Cather returned to the prairie as a setting for inspiration for most of her novels; she also used experiences from her travels in France. Such deeply felt works became both popular and critical successes. Cather was celebrated by national critics such as H.L. Mencken for writing in plainspoken language about ordinary people. When the novelist Sinclair Lewis won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1930, he paid homage to Cather by declaring that she should have won the honor.
- Author(s)Willa Cather
- PublisherCreatespace Independent Publishing Platform
- Date of Publication28/08/2012
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectHistory: World & General
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintCreatespace Independent Publishing Platform
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight231 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine9 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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