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Exhibition Seminar: James Kraft, Willa Cather in New York (June 2018 session) - Fully Registered

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 11:00 AM
| For Members Only | Whitridge Room | $60 for the set of four sessions (recommended); $15 per session | Advance registration required

Most people read Cather’s My AntonĂ­a, and perhaps her other writing about 19th-century life on the plains of Nebraska, but go no further. This is disappointing, as Cather is a formidable figure in American literature who wrote many excellent novels exploring complex, controversial places and ideas. The places include New York City, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Quebec City, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and a nineteenth-century plantation in Virginia. The subjects are numerous and include women’s role in the professions, the significance of music, adultery, homosexuality, the loss of the pioneer spirit, the Native American and Hispanic aspects of our culture, and, most surprisingly, an account of a female slave’s escape to Canada, a novel Toni Morrison wrote about in Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination.

This seminar’s reading will cover several novels and short stories. A reading list will be provided to registrants.

Popular seminar leader Dr. James Kraft has previously taught on Henry James, literature of World War I, and many other topics.

Continuing from fall 2017, this seminar takes place over four Wednesdays:
March 7
April 4
May 2
June 6
all at 11:00 AM in the Whitridge Room.


To register, please contact the Event Office at events@nysoclib.org or 212.288.6900 x230.


At left: A Society Library charging card showing books checked out by Willa Cather and Edith Lewis.