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The Stuff of Our Forebearers

The Stuff of Our Forebearers


by Joyce McDonald
University of Alabama Press

A diverse and experimental writer who lived most of her life in New York City, Willa Cather is best known for her depiction of pioneer life on the Nebraska plains.  Although scholars have begun to extricate Cather from the restrictive label of plains "regional" writer, surprisingly little has been written about the influence of Cather's early years in Virginia on her fiction.  Joyce McDonald convincingly demonstrates that Cather's works yield a remarkable wealth of themes and literary modes connecting her to the South of her youth and to the Southern literary tradition.