Books: Willa Cather

Long an Apprentice, She Is Now a Brilliant Technician

The personality of Willa Cather is characterized chiefly by firmness. She is positive, determined, a trifle withdrawn. Her charm is undeniable, yet it has the air of being at times carefully reserved for a greater occasion. She has no great interest in the small affairs of the world, yet she is gracious and her opinions, when vouchsafed, are well considered and delivered with positiveness. She would find folly a difficult companion. This precision of thought a.nd character illuminates her writing. It is, perhaps, what makes...

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