Cover description: Willa Cather, widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of this century has also been dismissed in certain circles as a sentimental nostalgist, a grumpy critic of the modern world. In A LIFE SAVED UP, Hermione Lee offers an alternative interpretation of a writer whose life and work were marked by fracture and dislocation, carefully suppressed or camouflaged desires and greater interest in the craft of writing than in an old-fasioned longing for rural simplicity. By analysing the language and entering the landscapes of Cather's fiction, Hermione Lee provides a sensitive and perceptive account of this famously private woman and discovers an unrivalled imagination, a complexity wrongly interpreted as conservatism and finally a writer like no one else.
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In this acclaimed study, Hermione Lee offers a major reinterpretation of the life and work of one of America's foremost 20th century writers, Willa Cather. Originally published: 1989.