This story reminded me of A Lantern in Her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich. In both stories a woman of culture and talent marries and moves to the Nebraska territory where her life becomes an endless drudge of mind-numbing and… Read More ›
Of all Cather’s short stories, “Paul’s Case” is the one with which I’m most familiar. I won’t summarize the plot here since this post is intended for folks who have read the story. I am of the school that thinks… Read More ›
Our story for September is “Paul’s Case,” one of Cather’s most popular short stories. I read somewhere that it’s her most anthologized short story which, no doubt, contributes to it’s popularity. There have been a variety of adaptations — stage,… Read More ›
What a story! I wasn’t sure what type of scandal to expect in this short story, but it certainly wasn’t one that included sex trafficking, newspaper manipulation by the rich, or anti-semitic fear of a Jewish conspiracy. “Scandal” has all… Read More ›
Our story for August 2019 is “Scandal,” first published in August 1919.
Willa Cather must have had some fun writing “A Gold Slipper.” She takes the fairy tale tradition of a magical slipper and plays with gender and the stereotypes that divide between business and art. One of the gender roles Cather… Read More ›