Willa Cather: New Facts, New Glimpses, Revisions (Google eBook)

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John Joseph Murphy, Merrill Maguire Skaggs
Associated University Presse, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 345 pages
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This collection offers twenty new essays based on original research, by practiced scholars, in the Drew University Cather Collection. The volume supplies additionally a reader-friendly Finding Aid for the collection. The first component of that archive was the private collection of original manuscripts and first editions (some novels had several different first editions) once owned by Frederick B. Adams of the J. P. Morgan Library. To these rich materials were added the Finn and Barbara Caspersen private collection, the Sir Yehudi Menuhin private collection (including birthday-gift books), the Earl and Achsah Brewster private collection (including family letters about "Aunt Willa"), a typescript edition of Sapphira and the Slave Girl, and the Louise Guerber Burroughs collection of letters and clippings. Burroughs' diary and letters provides the only fully documented record of a Cather friendship. John J. Murphy is Professor Emeritus, Brigham Young University. Merrill M. Skaggs is Baldwin Professor of the Humanities at Drew University.
  

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Contents

Reading the Menuhin Chapter
19
A Mysterious Gift
32
Willa Cather Yehudi Menuhin and the Schubert Letters
34
Cathers Letters to Lucy Gayheart
43
Professional Preparations
63
Cather as Illustrator
65
Illustrations of Willa Cathers Bartley Alexander
85
Willa Cathers Training for the Ballet
100
Cecile and the Problem of a Girls Vocation
193
The Cecile Fragment of Cathers Shadows on the Rock
203
Some Reflections on Three Cather Fragments
213
Articles Stories and Notices in the Willa Cather Collection
221
Biography and Bibliography
231
Reflections on the Joys of Archival Scholarship or When Is a Biography Not a Biography?
233
Facts Gossip and the Foundation of the AdamsCrane Correspondence
244
Edith Lewis Dorothy Canfield Fisher and the Scars of The Profile
252

April Twilights Revisited
117
Provisional Explanations
139
Willa Cather and the Brewsters
141
Cathers Existentialism and the Evidence in the Willa Cather Collection
158
Sapphira and the Willa Cather Collection
169
The Drew Typescript of Cathers Sapphira and the Slave Girl
177
Kaleidoscopic Texts
191
Willa Cather Collection Finding Aid
260
A Rare Glimpse of Willa Cather
315
A Letter
317
Notes on Contributors
333
Index
338
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About the author (2008)

Merrill Maguire Skaggs is Baldwin Professor of the Humanities at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. She is the author of several books, including "Willa Cather's New York: New Essays on Cather" and the "City and After the World Broke in Two: The Later Novels of Willa Cather," She also publishes in the field of Southern and American literature and won the Edd Winfield Parks prize for her first book, "The Folk of Southern Fiction,

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