Next month “a major literary event” takes place, writes The New York Times:
"…nearly seven decades after Willa Cather’s death in 1947, the doors of her interior life will be thrown open with the publication of ‘The Selected Letters of Willa Cather,’ an anthology of 566 of the roughly 3,000 letters that turned out to have survived, scattered in some 75 archives.”
The letters do not yield steamy intimate detail. But they do make clear that Cather’s primary emotional attachments were to women, while also laying to rest what the volume’s editors, in interviews, called a persistent urban legend: that of the fanatically secretive author eager to erase any record of shameful desire.
The books editors, Janis Stout and Andrew Jewell, will discuss the anthology, and the decision to publish the letters, at 92Y on Apr 28.