The Professor's House

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U of Nebraska Press, 2002 M01 1 - 575 páginas
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.

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This was such a lovely book. Each time I picked it up I felt like I was transported to the St. Peter's or with Tom, and I loved all of it. I have to say I'm not a huge fan of how Cather portrays all ... Leer comentario completo

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Crítica de los usuarios  - arubabookwoman - LibraryThing

The simplest description I can give of this book is that it is about one man's mid-life crisis. Certainly in the 60's, 70's, 80's and beyond, I read a lot of books that fit this description, and ... Leer comentario completo

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Preface
iii
The Professors House
ix
The Family
5
Tom Outlands Story
171
The Professor
251
Acknowledgments
281
Historical Essay
287
Mesa Verde
323
On The Professors House
331
Explanatory Notes
336
Textual Essay
383
Emendations
427
Notes on Emendations
431
Rejected Substantives
435
Word Division
565
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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.

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