Youth and the Bright Medusa

Youth and the Bright Medusa Willa Cather
  • Title: Youth and the Bright Medusa
  • Author: Willa Cather
  • ISBN: 9781406844382
  • Page: 275
  • Format: Paperback
  • Youth and the Bright Medusa Willa Cather Youth and the Bright Medusa Paul had just come in to dress for dinner he sank into a chair weak in the knees and clasped his head in his hands It was to be worse than jail even the tepid waters of Cordelia Street were to clos
    Paul had just come in to dress for dinner he sank into a chair, weak in the knees, and clasped his head in his hands It was to be worse than jail, even the tepid waters of Cordelia Street were to close over him finally and forever The grey monotony stretched before him in hopeless, unrelieved years Sabbath school, Young People s Meeting, the yellow papered room, the dPaul had just come in to dress for dinner he sank into a chair, weak in the knees, and clasped his head in his hands It was to be worse than jail, even the tepid waters of Cordelia Street were to close over him finally and forever The grey monotony stretched before him in hopeless, unrelieved years Sabbath school, Young People s Meeting, the yellow papered room, the damp dish towels it all rushed back upon him with sickening vividness Excerpt fr Paul s Case, one of eight poetic stories in this memorable collection.
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    About Willa Cather


    1. Wilella Sibert Cather was born in Back Creek Valley Gore , Virginia, in December 7, 1873 Her novels on frontier life brought her to national recognition In 1923 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, One of Ours 1922 , set during World War I She grew up in Virginia and Nebraska She then attended the University of Nebraska, initially planning to become a physician, but after writing an article for the Nebraska State Journal, she became a regular contributor to this journal Because of this, she changed her major and graduated with a bachelor s degree in English After graduation in 1894, she worked in Pittsburgh as writer for various publications and as a school teacher for approximately 13 years, thereafter moving to New York City for the remainder of her life She traveled widely and often spent summers in New Brunswick, Canada In later life, she experienced much negative criticism for her conservative politics and became reclusive, burning some of her letters and personal papers, including her last manuscript She was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1943 In 1944, Cather received the gold medal for fiction from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, an award given once a decade for an author s total accomplishments She died of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 73 in New York City.


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    1. If you care for 20thC American Lit, you love Willa Cather She breaks hearts in a few sentences Cather tops any American Lit List with Edith Wharton and Scott Fitzgerald Who else is there on top 20th tier In spare, concise style she digs into emotions and dreams This fine collection includes Paul s Case lad in midwest plans an escape with No Exit A Wagner Matinee elderly aunt fr Nebraska meets nephew in Boston for a final, naked moment at a Wagner concert Coming, Aphrodite a young aspiring NYC pa [...]

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    2. I read the first three stories in the collection and set it down, feeling that I was reading the same story somewhat at least three times After letting it sit, I picked it up, read the remaining stories, and decided that what I was reading was a set of variations on a theme The theme was the contrast and conflict between artists or people who aspired in some manner to the artistic life versus the rest of society Ms Cather obviously was a fine writer and almost every story has its jewel like mome [...]

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    3. The stories in this collection are mostly set in NYC and Boston, and they re all about artists writers, musicians, sculptors and their relationship to society There are stories about glitter, about inspiration, and about expectations They are all beautifully written.

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    4. Excellent short story collection from Cather, featuring opera divas, dreamy adolescents, teary eyed spinsters and a dead sculptor in order to explore a common theme, the trials and tribulations of the artistic temperament in a world of commerce Coming, Aphrodite is the first and longest piece, where an unstoppable young starlet called Eden Bower real name Edna crosses paths with a struggling young artist at the very outset of her march to fame The Diamond Mine looks at the life of a very differe [...]

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    5. I reread Cather s short stories every few years She has a radiant, powerful punch for me which few writers share A Wagner Matinee is brilliant Coming, Aphrodite would make a stunning movie.

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    6. Miss Cather s book is than a random collection of excellent tales It constitutes as a whole one of the truest as well as, in a sober and earnest sense, one of the most poetical interpretations of American life that we possess The Nation

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    7. This collection contains one of my favorite short stories ever the wonderful Coming, Aphrodite which does much to investigate modernity, isolation, the difference between performance and art, the sanctity of art, what it means to be a success, the power of individuality, and so much It s fantastic.What follows is Cather s continued exploration into the themes of celebrity and the music world It s amazing how relevant these stories still are If this book were written today it would be written ab [...]

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    8. This book is a collection of short stories that Willa Cather published in various periodicals between 1905 and 1920 Four of them, I believe, had previously appeared in an earlier short story collection, The Troll Garden With one exception, the stories are about the lives of various artists, mostly female singers, but include one painter, one sculptor, and indirectly, one composer The stories are written in Cather s calm, but realistic, style She doesn t much romanticize things, but shows life as [...]

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    9. With four new stories and four previously published in The Troll Garden, I didn t find much new to fall in love witho many opera stars famous girls Of the four new stories Coming, Aphrodite , The Diamond Mine, A Gold Slipper, and Scandal Coming, Aphrodite was certainly the fullest, with vivid scenes and interesting characters Of the four republished stories Paul s Case, A Wagner Matinee, The Sculptor s Funeral, and A Death in the Desert A Wagner Matinee remains my favorite It contains that real [...]

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    10. Beautiful characterizations, it felt like each story was composed of two or so portraits, they would have very thick and primary coloring Most of the settings she writes about tend to be portrayed as either full of air and light or dark and rot, environments that typically inspire sort of lacy prose I like how Cather writes of just human flesh the interplay of justness justice in these stories is really great, added a billion books from Cather to my reading list

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    11. Purely beautiful A collection of stories about artists in the ever romanticized 1920s deviates from Cather s normal tales of the American pioneer front, but the stories are resounding and melancholy in the most touching way.

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    12. There are eight short stories in this collection, but the final four were also in The Troll Garden, which I d already read, so that made for a quick read bonus Coming, Aphrodite may be one of the best short stories I have ever read Simply perfect.

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    13. I thought I adored everything Willa Cather wrote Turns out I just read the best stuff first This Meh Sure didn t keep me awake at bedtime, I ll say that for it The plot wandered and the characters never took shape.

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    14. This is a collection of short stories, most of which feature young female opera singers as the main character, but the storylines and settings are all very different Not my favourite of Willa Cather s work but still very readable This is available from Project Gutenberg.

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    15. I ve been really impressed with what I ve read of Cather s work so I thought I d check out her short stories I was reminded why I enjoy her writing so much She s so descriptive, even in the framework of the short story.

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    16. A bunch fo short stories Some gems, some will stay with you, some just good.

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    17. A worthwhile read, but not as good as Cather s novels.

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    18. Love Cather s descriptive abilities Series short stories.

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    19. Whether it be the first reading, or now on perhaps the 30th reading Paul s Case and Coming, Aphrodite remind me why I love the written word.

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    20. Another collection I m surprised that I read so early I thought I had started reading Willa Cather in my 30s, not my 20s.

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    21. Four stars just for Paul s Case all the others are cranky, elitist, erudite, urban, ugh Not happy stories.

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    22. Willa Cather really understands the love hate relationship I have with my hometown She understands being an artistic soul in an agrarian culture She gets me Thanks, Willa.

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    23. Top notch writing Plots could be interesting.

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