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Willa Cather: A Life Saved Up

Hermoine Lee

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Virago Modern Classics, Biography: literary, Prose: non-fiction

Now in B format.
A masterly biography of one of America's most important 20th-century writers, written by Hermione Lee

Willa Cather is one of America's foremost 20th-centry writers. Born in Virginia in 1873, she was uprooted from the landscape her family had farmed for generations, to Nebraska. The startling transition from ordered life in Virginia to the wild west prairies stirred her imagination and coloured her life and work, leading to the two most famous frontier novels: MY ANTONIA and O PIONEERS! After graduating, she worked as a teacher and journalist, and in 1912 she began to write short stories and novels, winning the Pulitzer Prize just ten years later. Travelling beneath the apparently simple surface of Cather's work, Lee presents an illuminating picture of this fascinating writer.

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Praise for Willa Cather: A Life Saved Up

  • 'Willa Cather could not have hoped for a more passionately sensible and insightful interpreter . . . Hermione Lee's enthusiasm for this misunderstood writer is contagious and her book is that rare thing, a scholarly study that reads well' Maureen Freely, Observer

  • 'The biographer's enthusiasm for her subject illuminates every page' Hilary Mantel

  • 'A sympathetic and illuminating study' Nicci Gerrard, New Statesman

  • 'An affectionate, meticulous study, at once intimate and impersonal' OBSERVER

  • 'An authoritative account . . . Absorbing reading, [written with] wit and energy' GUARDIAN

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Hermoine Lee

Hermione Lee's books include the internationally acclaimed biographies of Edith Wharton and Virginia Woolf. She is a well-known reviewer and broadcaster, and, in 2006, was Chair of the judges for the Man-Booker Prize. She was awarded a CBE in 2003 for services to literature.
Author Location: Yorkshire


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