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Willa Cather in Person, Willa Cather in Person, 0803211848, 0-8032-1184-8, 978-0-8032-1184-1, 9780803211841, Selected and edited by L. Brent Bohlke, , Willa Cather in Person, 0803263260, 0-8032-6326-0, 978-0-8032-6326-0, 9780803263260, Selected and edited by L. Brent Bohlke

Willa Cather in Person
Interviews, Speeches, and Letters
Selected and edited by L. Brent Bohlke

1987. 202 pp.
$40.00 s
Out of Print
1986. 202 pp.
$17.00 s

As she grew older Willa Cather became ever more private, complaining of favor-seekers and other parasites of fame. But in her long career she granted thirty-four interviews, gave six public speeches, and published ten letters, discussing literature and the artistic life and illuminating her own life and writing. These fugitive pieces, here gathered for the first time, reveal the author's early thirst for fame and the reasons for her later renunciation of it.

Included are Cather's radio speech accepting the 1923 Pulitzer Prize for fiction (awarded for One of Ours), accounts of her other speeches, interviews conducted by Louise Bogan and Stephen Vincent Benét, and six little-known portraits of Cather.

L. Brent Bohlke was a professor of English and chaplain for Bard College in New York. His essays on Cather appeared in American Literature, Great Plains Quarterly, Western Literature, and other journals.

"What emerges from [this] collection is valuable for anyone interested in the art of writing, in the genesis of the writer, or in the shape of American culture in the first decades of this century."—Barbara Bair, Studies in the Novel

"Cather's public utterances were expressed with the same honesty and clarity that distinguish her immaculate novels and short stories. As happens when experiencing Cather's fiction, the reader of these words warms to her gentle passion and quiet eloquence."—Booklist

"Bohlke's work throughout is intelligent, thorough, and enlightening."—Modern Fiction Studies

"[This] collection is valuable for anyone intersted in the art of writing, in the genesis of the writer, or in the shape of American culture in the first decades of this century."—Studies in the Novel

"A valuable book. Bohlke gives us access to complete texts, and his headnotes establish the context and significance of individual entries."—South Atlantic Review

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