The life and works of Willa Cather, one of America's leading writers of the early 20th century, are examined in this book aimed at young adult readers. Includes notes, biography, and chronology.
"[Keene's] book will appeal to those who want to understand Cather's place within the pantheon of writers." (The New York Times Book Review)
Gr 9 Up-An insightful biography of one of America's foremost women authors. The well-researched text is full of glimpses of Cather's youth in Nebraska as well as her career as a journalist in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York City during the early 1900s. Often plagued by illness and a constant search for meaning in her own life, Cather is depicted as a restless, dissatisfied person; yearning for and seeking the unattainable is a common theme in her novels. Her sexual orientation is eluded to, but no proof exists that she was homosexual. Through critical analysis of her important works, Keene stresses her subject's belief that plot was unimportant and that characters were central to all stories. While there are many other biographies on Cather, Keene's analysis results in an interesting and worthwhile look into the writer's life and personality.-Judy R. Johnston, Auburn High School, WA