Sunday, May 07, 2006

Willa Cather 1876-1947

"Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen."
---from Rene Rapin (1940)

"Art, it seems to me, should simplify. That, indeed, is very nearly the whole of the higher artistic process; finding what conventions of form and what detail one can do without and yet preserve the spirit of the whole-- so that all that one has suppressed and cut away is there to the reader's consciousness as much as if it were in type on the page."
---from On the Art of Fiction (1920)

I think her best novels are O Pioneers! The Song of the Lark, and My Antonia.

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