Thursday, December 19, 2013
From the Prairie to the City
Over the last year, the Willa Cather I have come to know and love is the Cather who writes of the Nebraska prairie. Interestingly, some of her works that take place in different environments are my least favorites (I'm thinking of Death Comes for the Archbishop and Shadows on the Rock, neither of which I even finished). Uncle Valentine and Other Stories: Willa Cather's Uncollected Short Fiction, 1915-1929, falls somewhere in between for me. In these seven stories, Cather set her stories in the urban landscape (NYC and Pittsburgh). While collectively it is a good read, I didn't find any of the stories to be stand outs or particularly memorable. That said, My Antonia and Cather's books set in rural places are some of the best works of fiction that I have ever read!