The Professor's House

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A. A. Knopf, 1925 - Fiction - 283 pages
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The professor's house was published in 1925, when she was fifty-two. At the time she was an author with a worldwide reputation, having won the Pulitzer Prize in 1923 for One of ours. Reaching the top of her profession had produced a letdown, and she later wrote that around the time she won the Pulitzer she had felt that for her the world had broken in two. The situation of the professor in this novel reflects the troubled time in Cather's own life. Behind this story of Godfrey St. Peter, a man who, despite his successes, has at mid-career experienced a profound disappointment with life, is the fierce story of how he decides to continue living despite his disappointment. Sandwiched between St. Peter's stories is the thrilling tale of his one brilliant student, Tom Outland, who discovers the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde. Profound and disturbing, The professor's house has taken its place as one of its author's most important works.

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User Review  - msaucier818 - LibraryThing

A pleasant surprise that I really enjoyed reading this short novel. I had never read a Willa Cather novel before, but she was recommended by David McCullough so I thought I would give it a shot. I ... Read full review

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User Review  - varwenea - LibraryThing

What happens when a house is much more than a house, triggering feelings and a longing that a newer, more modern house cannot replace? Even more, these feelings remind one of an old self that had been ... Read full review

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About the author (1925)

WILLA CATHER, author of twelve novels, including O Pioneers!, My ntonia, and Death Comes for the Archbishop, was born in Virginia in 1873 but grew up in Nebraska, where many of her novels are set. She died in 1947 in New York City.

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