Celebrating The Selected Letters of Willa Cather

Selected Letters of Willa Cather book jacket

Celebration Event, April 16

Welcome: Dr. Nancy J. Busch
Remarks: Chancellor Harvey Perlman
Project Introduction: Professor Guy Reynolds
Presentation & Reading by Editors:
Andrew Jewel, Associate Professor of Digital Projects Editor, Willa Cather Archive
Janis Stout, Emeritus Professor of English Texas A&M University

This first publication of the letters of one of America’s most consistently admired writers is both an exciting and significant literary event. Willa Cather, wanting to be judged on her work alone, clearly forbade the publication of her letters in her will. But now, more than sixty-five years after her death, with her literary reputation as secure as a reputation can be, the letters have become available for publication.

Janis Stout is the author of nine scholarly books, including Willa Cather: The Writer and Her World, and two books about Katherine Anne Porter, one (South by Southwest) to appear in 2013. She has also edited two volumes on Cather and has written a memoir about retirement, This Last House.

Andrew Jewell is an associate professor at the University of Nebraska--Lincoln, and the editor of The Willa Cather Archive. He is the coeditor of the book The American Literature Scholar in the Digital Age, and a member of the Willa Cather Foundation Board of Governors.

Book Andrew Jewell as a Speaker:
Humanities Nebraska Speaker Bureau

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April 29 New York Event
Photos by Joan Barnes/ UNL Libraries

April 16 Celebration Images
Photos by Brent Baum/ UNL Libraries

Letters by Willa Cather
Photos by Craig Chandler/ University Communications

"A splendidly edited, generous gift to lovers of Cather and American literature."

“By all rights, this excellent volume of Willa Cather’s letters should not be: in her will, the celebrated American writer specified that none of her correspondence was to be published, ever. Fortunately for general readers and scholars alike, that demand has not been heeded... ”
- Publisher’s Weekly