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The Professor's House (Willa Cather Scholarly Edition)

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The scholarly edition of The Professor's House incorporates into its textual analysis findings from a recently discovered and significantly reworked draft of the novel. Willa Cather's perennial claims that there were no extant drafts make this discovery especially important to Cather scholars.

Written in 1925, when she was fifty-two years old, The Professor's House was Cather's seventh novel. Cather explained that in this novel she had attempted two structural experiments. The first experiment she took from the practice of early French and Spanish novelists of inserting a "nouvelle into the roman," hence the first-person "Tom Outland's Story" wedged between the other two parts of the novel. Second, she compared the novel's structure to a sonata form in music, with the center section in significant contrast to the surrounding sections

Behind the understated prose relating the story of Professor Godfrey St. Peter, who, despite his success, experiences at midcareer a profound disappointment with life, is the fierce account of how he decides to continue living despite those disappointments. Tom Outland's thrilling tale of a long-lost civilization is both an ironic contrast to the professor's staid outer life and a mirror of the imaginative interior life he experiences in his attic study.

About the Author

James Woodress is a professor emeritus of American literature at the University of California, Davis, and the author of many books, including Willa Cather: A Literary Life (Nebraska 1987). Kari A. Ronning is a research associate for the Willa Cather Project at the University of Nebraska. Frederick M. Link is a professor emeritus of English at the University of Nebraska.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. Theprofessor's house
  3. Acknowledgments
  4. Historical apparatus
  5. Historical essay
  6. Mesa verde
  7. On The professor's house
  8. Illustrations
  9. Explanatory notes
  10. Textual apparatus
  11. Textual essay
  12. Emendations
  13. Notes on emendations
  14. Rejected substantives
  15. Word division.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803214286
Editor:
Link, Frederick M.
Essay:
Woodress, James
Essay by:
Woodress, James
Essay:
Woodress, James
Editor:
Link, Frederick M.
Author:
Link, Frederick M.
Author:
Cather, Willa
Author:
Woodress, James
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Location:
Lincoln
Subject:
Middle aged men
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Teacher-student relationships
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
College teachers
Subject:
Midlife crisis
Subject:
Frame-stories.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Willa Cather Scholarly Edition
Series Volume:
99-173.
Publication Date:
20030131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
14 photographs, 2 maps
Pages:
589
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 2.25 lb

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