Happy New Year! Our first story for Phase II of the Willa Cather Short Story Project is “Lou, The Prophet.” Cather was nineteen when this story appeared in the October 15, 1892 edition of The Hesperian, the University of Nebraska’s… Read More ›
Starting January 2021 Get ready, Cather enthusiasts! After wrapping up Phase I in September 2020, Phase II of the Willa Cather Short Story Project will kick off in January 2021. The fortytwo (42!) stories in this phase span from 1892,… Read More ›
Thank you! Well, here we are at the end of Phase One of the Willa Cather Short Story Project. Thank you to everyone who has participated over the last twenty months! Some folks like Kate and Robin have read along… Read More ›
This month we’re not going to read a short story by Willa Cather, but rather an essay by George N. Kates about the last story she was working on before she died. This piece, “Willa Cather’s Unfinished Avignon Story,” rounds out Willa Cather: Collected Stories that many of us have been reading from, as well as Phase One of this reading project.
Have you read “Tom Outland’s Story” this month? I’ve had a busy and somewhat tiring month and just got around to re-reading it this evening (at sunset, as captured in the photo above). As I mentioned in the reminder post,… Read More ›
“Tom Outland’s Story” is a stunning piece of writing about the West and of historical fiction. Don’t miss out — read it this month for The Willa Cather Short Story Project and enjoy some armchair travel to the Southwest and time travel to the late 19th-century.
“The Enchanted Bluff” by Willa Cather was a delightful short story to read on a hot summer afternoon. That is, until the end when the narrator jumps twenty years into the future. This story is one of Cather’s earlier works,… Read More ›
Our story for July is “The Enchanted Bluff.” We are making some serious progress on our quest to read all of Willa Cather’s short fiction. So far we’ve read seventeen stories in the four collections pictured above. Our next group… Read More ›
“Before Breakfast” by Willa Cather is the last story in the posthumously published collection, The Old Beauty and Others (1948). It’s a tight nugget of a story about a successful middle-aged businessman who escapes his work and family for a… Read More ›
Our story this month is “Before Breakfast,” the final of the three stories in The Old Beauty and Others (1948). “Before Breakfast” was the last story Cather finished. She wrote it in the summer of 1944 while staying on Mt. Desert… Read More ›