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"A book is made with one's own flesh and blood of years. It is cremated youth. It is all yours-no one gave it to you."
-Personal interview
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The Troll Garden and Selected Stories (1905)
thetrollgarden123In the stories that comprise The Troll Garden, her first book, Willa Cather evokes the devastated, romantic dreams that haunt her characters. Artists, inveterate sentimentalists, hungering beauties, and demon-ridden ascetics find themselves torn between the need to confess and keep secret their private aspirations. Involved with the hope that destroys the spirit, their lives reflect both the impoverished materialism and the deadly idealism of the Plains country, of the fashionable East, and of London at the turn of the century.

Summary taken from The Troll Garden. New York: Signet, 1971.

Stories are available by clicking on the titles to the right.


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