The Willa Cather Book Club will meet to discuss A Lost Lady on Thursday, April 18th from 2-3 pm at the Book Club Bookstore and More in South Windsor, CT.
Description from the Willa Cather Scholarly Edition:
First published in 1923, A Lost Lady is one of Willa Cather’s classic novels about life on the Great Plains. It harks back to Nebraska’s early history and contrasts those days with an unsentimental portrait of the materialistic world that supplanted the frontier. In her subtle portrait of Marian Forrester, whose life unfolds in the midst of this disquieting transition, Cather created one of her most memorable and finely drawn characters.
A Lost Lady was one of Cather’s most popular novels. It was made into a movie that critics panned and Cather hated. She disliked it so much that she never allowed any of her stories to be adapted into film and even put a stipulation in her will against future adaptations.
One of those early fans of A Lost Lady was F. Scott Fitzgerald. He was influenced by her novel while writing The Great Gatsby and wrote to Cather fearing that some would think he plagiarized her. She admired his novel and wrote a lovely letter in return. You can read about this exchange here: http://www.catherletters.org/story-behind-letters/1925-letter-to-f-scott-fitzgerald/
All are welcome to join the Willa Cather Book Club. We meet quarterly. Our book for July will be Sapphira and the Slave Girl.
The Book Club Bookstore and More is located at 869 Sullivan Ave, South Windsor, CT 06074. Visit their website: bookclubct.com.