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The Old Beauty and Others

A collection of stories by

A ruined beauty whose dignity has suffered a lifetime of loss and disenchantment. A Czech immigrant who finds a paradoxical contentment on the harsh expanse of the Nebraska prairie. A solitary young painter spying raptly and guiltily on his exquisite neighbor. These are some of the lives that Willa Cather renders, with a fine balance of compassion and detachment, in these nineteen stories.

Here are the great themes that Cather staked out like tracts of land: the plight of people hungry for beauty in a country that has no room for it; the mysterious arc of human lives; the ways in which the American frontier transformed the strangers who came to it, turning them imperceptibly into Americans. In these fictions, Cather displays her vast moral vision, her unerring sense of place, and her ability to find the one detail or episode that makes a closed life open wide in a single exhilarating moment.

BONUS: The edition includes an excerpt from The Selected Letters of Willa Cather.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Paperback Editions

December 1992 : USA Paperback

Title: Collected Stories
Author(s): Willa Cather
ISBN: 0-679-73648-4 / 978-0-679-73648-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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July 1976 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: The Old Beauty and Others
Author(s): Willa Cather
ISBN: 0-394-72122-5 / 978-0-394-72122-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Kindle Editions

January 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Collected Stories (Vintage Classics)
Author(s): Willa Cather
Publisher: Vintage
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