By A. Walton Litz

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But Gather's later novels in a way are more satisfying than her early ones, which partake too much of the American myth of progress. Her later novels acknowledge the darkness that is part of human life but they also celebrate the light—the human ability to make meaning from experience, often in the form of stories. Stories take many guises in Gather's fiction: they can be the simple conversations farm people have with each other; the myths and religions that structure the worlds of Native Americans, Mexicans, and Anglos in New Mexico; the rituals of cooking and housekeeping that are passed down from mother to daughter in Quebec; the music that inspires Lucy Gayheart; and the inherited folktales and legends that Gather received from the old women in Virginia that underlie Sapphira and the Slave Girl.

ART AND POLITICS Death Comes for the Archbishop gained glowing reviews, but Gather did not have long to relish them. The next few years would be hard ones, marked by death and loss and grieving. In the summer of 1927 her father suffered a heart attack, and he died in March of 1928. At the same time Gather's apartment building on Bank Street was torn down to make room for a subway, and she and Edith Lewis moved to the Grosvenor Hotel on Fifth Avenue, a move intended to be temporary but one that lasted for five years.

K. Hall, 1984. O'Brien, Sharon. Willa Cather: The Emerging Voice. New York: Oxford, 1987. O'Brien, Sharon. " American Quarterly 40: 110-26(1988). Reynolds, Guy. Willa Cather in Context: Progress, Race, Empire. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1996. Robinson, Phyllis. Willa: The Life of Willa Cather. New York: Doubleday, 1983. Rosowski, Susan. The Voyage Perilous: Willa Gather's Romanticism. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1986. Schroeter, James, ed. Willa Cather and Her Critics. : Cornell University Press, 1967.

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