Cover image for Uncle Valentine and other stories; Willa Cather's uncollected short fiction, 1915-1929.
Uncle Valentine and other stories; Willa Cather's uncollected short fiction, 1915-1929.
Cather, Willa, 1873-1947.
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Publication Information:
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press [1973]
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xxx, 183 pages ; 25 cm
Uncle Valentine.--Double birthday.--Consequences.--The bookkeeper's wife.--Ardessa.--Her boss.--Coming, Eden Bower!--Appendix.--A note on the editing.
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PS3505.A859 A6 1973 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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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 √Āntonia , 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.

Author Notes

Willa Siebert Cather was born in 1873 in the home of her maternal grandmother in western Virginia. Although she had been named Willela, her family always called her "Willa." Upon graduating from the University of Nebraska in 1895, Cather moved to Pittsburgh where she worked as a journalist and teacher while beginning her writing career.

In 1906, Cather moved to New York to become a leading magazine editor at McClure's Magazine before turning to writing full-time. She continued her education, receiving her doctorate of letters from the University of Nebraska in 1917, and honorary degrees from the University of Michigan, the University of California, Columbia, Yale, and Princeton.

Cather wrote poetry, short stories, essays, and novels, winning awards including the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, One of Ours, about a Nebraska farm boy during World War I. She also wrote The Professor's House, My Antonia, Death Comes for the Archbishop, and Lucy Gayheart. Some of Cather's novels were made into movies, the most well-known being A Lost Lady, starring Barbara Stanwyck.

In 1961, Willa Cather was the first woman ever voted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame. She was also inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners in Oklahoma in 1974, and the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca, New York in 1988.

Cather died on April 24, 1947, of a cerebral hemorrhage, in her Madison Avenue, New York home, where she had lived for many years.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Chapter I

p. 143

Chapter II

p. 148

Chapter III

p. 150

Chapter IV

p. 157

Chapter V

p. 159

Chapter VI

p. 169

Chapter VII

p. 172

Chapter VIII

p. 174

Appendixp. 177
A Note on the Editingp. 183