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Anthology: Relational Aggression in Females. Include the emotional impact such experiences have had. Word limit: For details and to submit your essay, visit www. Deadline September 1, I offer detailed analysis, honest evaluation, and sensitive critique. In the decades after her death, in , Cather was in danger of falling into the ranks of regional writers, the rhapsodists of limited geographies. Increasingly, though, scholars treat Cather as a major modernist who rivals Woolf and Joyce in complexity.
These days, especially, her tense relationship with the mythology of the American heartland commands attention. Laura Bush rightly said that Cather helped forge a Western identity, but it was not the same West that male bards of empire extolled.
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The talk in Catherland these days is about the letters. Although illness and loss shadow her final years, the fire never dies. But it is bad.
The Nebraskan was first a Virginian. Her background was deeply Southern. They first lived on a homestead north of Red Cloud, then in town, where Charles Cather made a respectable living selling farm loans and insurance. Less than fifteen years earlier, only a few white families had occupied the area; now a community of twenty-five hundred people had sprung up. The transfer west came as an enormous shock: Cather felt as if she had been cast out of civilization.
At around the age of fifteen, she flirted with a male persona, signing her name William Cather, Jr. Cather, M. She settled on the given name Willa, a variation of her baptismal name, Wilella; she later added the middle name Sibert. On display at the Cather Center is the family Bible, open to the page on which a mature editorial hand has changed Wilella to Willa, added Sibert, and altered her date of birth from to The young Cather was a fury of enthusiasms, scouring her corner of the world for information. As she rode her pony from farm to farm, she found tenacious clusters of European immigrants: Swedes, Danes, Norwegians, Czechs, and Germans.
Through them, she absorbed a far more variegated cultural experience than she would have encountered in Virginia. The immigrants did not come from high social stations, but many carried with them considerable learning.
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There was also music. Several sources mention that Cather studied piano with a music teacher named Schindelmeisser. After digging through newspaper archives, census records, telephone directories, and shipping manifests, I concluded that he was Albert Schindelmeisser, the son of Louis Schindelmeisser, a distinguished German composer and conductor of the mid-nineteenth century, and an ally of Wagner and Liszt. Schindelmeisser came to America in , when he was twenty, and got a job teaching at Lawrence University, in Wisconsin.
He worked in Kansas and Iowa as a teacher and a piano tuner, then popped up in Red Cloud in and After that, the trail grows thin.
Notices of unclaimed letters suggest that he passed through Kansas City and Macon, Missouri. He was in Nashville in The name does not appear in the census. He was known to be a heavy drinker, and alcoholism is likely the best explanation for his erratic career. From this roughshod Europe of the mind, Cather also emerged with a complex understanding of American identity.
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Her symphonic landscapes are inflected with myriad accents, cultures, personal narratives—all stored away in a prodigious memory. When she went off to college, at the University of Nebraska, she was already an imperious cosmopolitan, entirely unafraid to make her views known. She had thought of studying science or medicine, but her command of prose pulled her toward writing.
In , she published her first journalistic piece for the Lincoln Nebraska State Journal: thus began a two-decade run as a literary critic, drama and music critic, all-purpose reporter, and editor.
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Cather was a mercurial but brilliant critic, veering between ecstatic raves and brutal takedowns. The takedowns were disconcerting to performers who came to town expecting a docile press. But the writing tends to be more distinctive than in her apprentice fiction of the same period. These are evocative tales, but the sketches of high-society types are sometimes breathless and thin.
She understood that Nebraska had already given her the stuff of epics. The area around Red Cloud has long been known as the Divide—a geographical term for a plateau bordered by rivers. In , Porter shows, she went to the trouble of inventing an interview with herself—a scene of a journalist badgering the author as she waits for a train in Grand Central Terminal. June 14, June 1, May 25, May 18, May 12, May 3, April 27, April 19, April 13, April 6, March 30, March 22, March 18, March 8, March 1, February 16, February 9, February 2, January 26, January 18, January 12, January 5, December 13, December 6, November 30, November 23, November 16, November 9, November 2, October 26, October 20, October 12, October 7, September 28, September 22, September 13, September 8, August 17, July 28, July 20, July 13, July 7, June 15, June 8, June 2, May 26, May 19, May 6, April 28, April 22, April 14, April 7, March 23, March 16, March 9, March 3, February 24, February 17, February 8, February 1, January 27, January 20, January 10, January 6, December 23, December 16, December 8, December 2, November 17, November 10, November 3, October 27, October 6, September 29, September 15, September 1, August 25, August 11, August 4, July 21, July 1, June 23, May 31, May 27, May 5, April 15, March 31, March 24, February 10, February 3, January 13, December 29, December 15, December 9, November 25, November 19, November 5, October 14, September 30, September 23, September 16, September 10, September 3, August 27,