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Willa Cather A Life Saved Up by Hermoine Lee

Willa Cather A Life Saved Up

Part of the Virago Modern Classics Series


Willa Cather A Life Saved Up by Hermoine Lee

A biography of Willa Cather (1873-1947), who spent years working as a journalist, teacher and editor of a New York magazine whose deepest feelings were directed towards women. Her friendships from Sarah Orne Jewett and Dorothy Canfield to Stephen Tennant and Yehudi Menuhin were important to her yet as she became more famous she withdrew increasingly from the modern world she disliked. Willa Cather's fiction charts new, female versions of epic pioneering heroism and the extraordinary cultural encounters of the New World history. This major reinterpretation of Cather's work explores that American context and those traditions but finds a strange and disconcerting Cather a writer of split identities, sexual conflict, dramatic energies and stoic fatalism. The author has written books on Elizabeth Bowen, Virginia Woolf and Philip Roth and The Short Stories of Willa Cather .


An affectionate, meticulous study, at once intimate and impersonal * OBSERVER * A sympathetic and illuminating study * Nicci Gerrard, New Statesman * 'The biographer's enthusiasm for her subject illuminates every page * Hilary Mantel * Willa Cather could not have hoped for a more passionately sensible and insightful interpreter . . . Hermione Lee's enthusiasm for this misunderstood writer is contagious and her book is that rare thing, a scholarly study that reads well * Maureen Freely, Observer *

About the Author

Hermione Lee's books include the internationally acclaimed biographies of Edith Wharton and Virginia Woolf. She is a well-known reviewer and broadcaster, and, in 2006, was Chair of the judges for the Man-Booker Prize. She was awarded a CBE in 2003 for services to literature.

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Publication date

5th October 1989


Hermoine Lee

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Virago Press Ltd an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group


416 pages


Biography: literary
Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
Literary studies: from c 1900 -



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