Students will explore Willa Cather through several of her short stories and two of her short novels, O Pioneers! and A Lost Lady. Excerpts from her recently published letters will be used to enhance class discussions. Students will also view two short documentaries about her life and her letters. Cather has a great talent for using simple language to describe complex human relationships and the enduring values of life. Poet Wallace Stevens praised her by saying: “We have nothing better than she is. She takes so much pains to conceal her sophistication that it is easy to miss her quality.” Thornton Oaks
Required Books: Willa Cather, O Pioneers! ISBN 978- 1593082055; Willa Cather, A Lost Lady, ISBN 978-0679728870; Willa Cather, Collected Stories, ISBN 978-0679736486.
Alison Johnson is the author of Wallace Stevens: A Dual Life As Poet and Insurance Executive and Henry James: His Life Revealed Through His Letters.