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eBook formatHardcover, (torrent)En
PublisherUniversity of Nebraska Press
File size2.8 Mb
Release date 01.12.1967
Pages count489
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This collection of Willa Cather's critical reviews most definitely reveals what an oustanding young woman she was. By the time she was 24 years old she already established a reputation as a critic, columnist, and editor - and all with a style uniquely her own. This book covers her contributions to the art world while she was still at the edge of the civilized world in Lincoln and Red Bluff, Nebraska. The compiler, Bernice Slote, has provided a useful collection of historical and biographical information that allows current readers to understand the significance of each of Cather's reviews.

The main objective of this book was to demonstrate the evolution of Cather's concept of art and artist as she sought to evaluate those who claimed to be artists, whether as creators or performers - and thus the title. In addition to her depth of knowledge about music, opera, drama, poetry, and fiction, she employed a wit that occasionally made me laugh aloud, even when I knew nothing of the work or artist she was critiquing. Of the small percentage of her subjects with which I was previously familiar, I found her comments dead on.

I had only recently learned of Cather and then read her 1925 novel A Lost Lady. My enjoyment of that book led to my interest in this one. And now I'm even more eager to read and learn about this amazingly ambitious, confident, and creative person.

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