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Author Porter, David H., 1935-2016.

Title On the divide : the many lives of Willa Cather / David Porter.

Publication Info. Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2008]


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Description 1 online resource (xxviii, 372 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 311-355) and index.
Note Print version record.
Summary On the Divide analyzes the iconic image that Cather helped develop for herself, in contrast to the anonymous face she adopted for promotional activities and the very different private self she shared only with friends and family. Delving into Cather's correspondence and the little-known promotional material she produced anonymously, David Porter provides new insight into the extent-and direction-of her control. He also considers the contrasting influences of Mary Baker Eddy, whose biography Cather ghostwrote, and Sarah Orne Jewett on the author's emerging artistic persona. The study goes on to explore the many ways in which these "divides" in Cather's life found expression in her writing. Extending from Cather's early stories to her final novel, Porter's book documents the degree to which Cather's understanding of her own different and often conflicting sides, and of her penchant for playing diverse roles, enabled her as a novelist to create characters so torn, so complex, and so profoundly human.
Subject Cather, Willa, 1873-1947.
Cather, Willa, 1873-1947. (OCoLC)fst00050013
Novelists, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- American -- General.
Novelists, American. (OCoLC)fst01039688
Chronological Term 1900 - 1999
Genre/Form Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
Other Form: Print version: Porter, David H., 1935- On the divide. Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2008 9780803237551 0803237553 (DLC) 2008008845 (OCoLC)212908823
ISBN 9780803219083 (electronic bk.)
0803219083 (electronic bk.)
Sudoc No. U5002 T268 -2008 nbdocs
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