Coming, Aphrodite!

Paperback | January 1, 1999

byWilla CatherForeword byCynthia Griffin WolffEditorMargaret Anne Oconnor

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Best known for the distinctive portraits of the people and land of the American West in her prairie novels, Willa Cather is one of the greatest American writers of this century. The fourteen short stories in this richly diverse collection, along with an exemplary introduction by author Cynthia Griffin Wolff, allow for a more complex view of Cather. As a writer she was intrigued by nature's ruthlessness and mankind's limitless potential for brutality and had a passion for the beauty of art. Ranging from the simplicity of Cather's first published story, "Peter" (1892), to the extraordinary eroticism of "Coming, Aphrodite!" (1920), this Twentieth-Century Classics collection is an engaging and triumphant testament to the genius of an American literary icon.

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Revered for her sharp portrayals of Nebraskan life, Willa Cather received her greatest recognition with O, Pioneers!, a novel. But Cather’s short stories also resonate with richness and imagination. Coming, Aphrodite! contains all of Cather’s favourite themes, from sex and morality to women and community. There is the young farmhand’s ...

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Best known for the distinctive portraits of the people and land of the American West in her prairie novels, Willa Cather is one of the greatest American writers of this century. The fourteen short stories in this richly diverse collection, along with an exemplary introduction by author Cynthia Griffin Wolff, allow for a more complex vi...

Willa Cather (1873-1947) was born in Virginia and raised on a Nebraska ranch. She is known for her beautifully evocative short stories and novels about the American West. Cather became the managing editor for McClure’s Magazine in 1906 and lived for forty years in New York City with her companion Edith Lewis. In 1922 Cather won the Pul...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 7.7 × 5.1 × 0.7 inPublished:January 1, 1999Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0141181567

ISBN - 13:9780141181561

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Table of Contents

Coming, Aphrodite!Introduction by Cynthia Griffin Wolff
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Text
YOUTH AND THE BRIGHT MEDUSA

Coming, Aphrodite!
The Diamond Mine
A Gold Slipper
Scandal
Paul's Case
A Wagner Matinée
The Sculptor's Funeral
"A Death in the Desert"

UNCOLLECTED STORIES

Peter (1892)
The Profile (1907)
The Enchanted Bluff (1909)
The Joy of Nelly Deane (1911)
Behind the Singer Tower (1912)

FROM OBSCURE DESTINIES (1932)Old Mrs. Harris

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Revered for her sharp portrayals of Nebraskan life, Willa Cather received her greatest recognition with O, Pioneers!, a novel. But Cather’s short stories also resonate with richness and imagination. Coming, Aphrodite! contains all of Cather’s favourite themes, from sex and morality to women and community. There is the young farmhand’s suicide in "Peter" and a weary farmwife’s sad story in "Old Mrs. Harris" -- and of course the famous "The Diamond Mine" and "Scandal."