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Death comes for the archbishop
1992
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Fiction/Biography Profile
Characters
Father Jean Marie Latour (Male), Priest, Bishop, French, Scholarly
Father Joseph Valliant (Male), Priest, French, Energetic
Genre
Literary
Classic
Historical
Fiction
Topics
Priests
Clergy
Catholicism
Missionaries
Hopi Indians
Navajo Indians
Native Americans
Setting
Santa Fe, New Mexico - West (U.S.)
New Mexico - West (U.S.)
Tucson, Arizona - West (U.S.)
Arizona - West (U.S.)
Time Period
1851-1890s -- 19th century
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Nebraska pulls out all the stops for this superb scholarly edition of Cathers 1927 novel. This edition includes a newly restored text along with several historical essays and explanatory notes by several scholars. Academic libraries supporting hardcore American literature curricula will want this volume. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Summary
<p>Introduction by A. S. Byatt</p> <p> </p> <p>Willa Cather's story of the missionary priest Father Jean Marie Latour and his work of faith in the wilderness of the Southwest is told with a spare but sensuous directness and profound artistry. When Latour arrives in 1851 in the territory of New Mexico, newly acquired by the United States, what he finds is a vast desert region of red hills and tortured arroyos that is American by law but Mexican and Indian in custom and belief. Over the next four decades, Latour works gently and tirelessly to spread his faith and to build a soaring cathedral out of the local golden rock--while contending with unforgiving terrain, derelict and sometimes rebellious priests, and his own loneliness.</p> <p> </p> <p>DEATH COMES FOR THE ARCHBISHOP shares a limitless, craggy beauty with the New Mexico landscape of desert, mountain, and canyon in which its central action takes place, and its evocations of that landscape and those who are drawn to it suggest why Cather is acknowledged without question as the most poetically exact chronicler of the American frontier.</p>
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