Portraits of the Prairie: The Land That Inspired Willa Cather by Richard SchillingPortraits of the Prairie: The Land That Inspired Willa Cather by Richard Schilling

Portraits of the Prairie: The Land That Inspired Willa Cather

byRichard SchillingForeword byTed Kooser

Hardcover | May 1, 2011

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“As I looked about me I felt that the grass was the country, as the water is the sea. The red of the grass made all the great prairie the colour of wine-stains, or of certain seaweeds when they are first washed up. And there was so much motion in it; the whole country seemed, somehow, to be running.”—My Ántonia, Willa Cather
It is often called “Catherland”—Webster County, Nebraska, where the quintessential American novelist Willa Cather spent her childhood and found inspiration for her stories of European immigrants on the prairie. Richard Schilling, with his watercolor paintings and ink sketches, conducts us to that land, to scenes that might have influenced Cather, but as they appear today. Schilling’s images take us to Red Cloud, Cather’s childhood home; to the Willa Cather Memorial Prairie, a botanical jewel of mixed-grass prairie restored to its pre-1900 condition; and on to “the divide,” the high prairie land between the Little Blue River to the north and the Republican River to the south. Each evocative original watercolor is paired with an excerpt from Cather’s work and with the author’s own musings on the history, geography, and ecology of the landscape.
Richard Schilling, who traveled the world as a missionary dentist and part-time officer aboard cruise ships, chronicled his adventures in his book, Watercolor Journeys. He has been an artist-in-residence in Isle Royale and Mesa Verde national parks. Ted Kooser, U.S. Poet Laureate (2004–6) and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, is ...
Title:Portraits of the Prairie: The Land That Inspired Willa CatherFormat:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 8.86 × 11.3 × 0.9 inPublished:May 1, 2011Publisher:UNP - NebraskaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0803222602

ISBN - 13:9780803222601

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Ted Kooser
The Land
Country Roads
Waters of the Prairie
Seasons of the Prairie
Art in Unexpected Places
Homes and Prairie Towns
Churches and Cemeteries

Editorial Reviews

"Richard Schilling's Portrait of the Prairie: The Land that Inspired Willa Cather is a text that speaks both to those who have read Cather and those who seek to return to their roots."—Richard Jussel, Great Plains Quarterly
- Richard Jussel - Great Plains Quarterly