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Uncle Valentine and Other Stories

Uncle Valentine and Other Stories


University of Nebraska Press
Introduction by Bernice Slote

Pittsburgh Stories:
"Uncle Valentine"
"Double Birthday"
New York Stories:
"The Bookkeeper's Wife"
"Her Boss"
"Coming, Eden Bower!"

"Uncle Valentine and Other Stories' is a treasure." -Donald Sutherland, Washington Star

"Bernice Slote has introduced the collection with a remarkably lucid and illuminating essay." --James Woodress, Western American Literature

The seven stories in this volume were written during the ascending and perhaps most triumphant years of Willa Cather's career, the period during which she published nine books, including My Antonia, A Lost Lady, and Death Comes for the Archbishop. For the most part ironic in tone, these stories are, as Bernice Slote observes, "bound by the geometrics of urban life-streets and offices, workers and firms, the business world of New York and Pittsburgh, the cities which by 1929 Willa Cather had known well for over thirty years." In her introduction, Slote discusses their biographical elements, connections with earlier and later work, and the intricate patterns that lie below the lucid, shimmering surface of Willa Cather's prose.

Bernice Slote, a distinguished Cather scholar, was a professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her publications included editions of April Twilights (1903); Poems of Willa Cather (1962, 1968); The Kingdom of Art: Willa Cather's First Principles and Critical Statements, 1893-1896 (1967); and "Uncle Valentine and Other Stories: Willa Cather's Uncollected Short Fiction" (1973, 1986), all published by the University of Nebraska Press.