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Willa Cather was her own raw material and self-transformation was her game.
The writer who leapt into the forefront of American letters with O Pioneers! was already middle-aged. Slow emergence—by way of provincial journalism in Nebraska, high-school teaching in Pittsburgh, editorial work on various magazines—did not deter her from the ultimate goal, which was literary immortality. Writing to her friend Mariel Gere in August of 1896, she said: “There is no God but one God and Art is his revealer. That’s my creed and I’ll follow it to the end, to a hotter place than Pittsburgh if need be.” She became one of America's greatest woman novelists. We will read her four first major books.
March 10: O Pioneers!
March 24: The Song of the Lark
April 7: My Antonia
April 21: One of Ours
The format of each session will be a talk by Taylor followed by student questions via Zoom’s chat feature.
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Benjamin Taylor’s The Hue and Cry at Our House received the 2018 Los Angeles Times/Christopher Isherwood Prize and was named a New York Times Editors’ Choice; his Proust: The Search was named a Best Book of 2016 by The New York Times Book Review. He edited Saul Bellow: Letters, named a Best Book of 2010 by The New York Times. He is a founding faculty member in the New School’s Graduate School of Writing. He is a past fellow and current trustee of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and serves as president of the Edward F. Albee Foundation.
Reading Willa Cather with Benjamin Taylor
with Louis Menand