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Melissa Homestead, Professor Of English,and Director Of The Cather Project at the University of Nebraska, will talk about her latest book, The Only Wonderful Things: The Creative Partnership of Willa Cather & Edith Lewis.
What would Willa Cather's widely read and cherished novels have looked like if she had never met magazine editor and copywriter Edith Lewis? In this groundbreaking book on Cather's relationship with her life partner, Homestead counters the established portrayal of Cather as a solitary genius and reassesses the role that Lewis, who has so far been rendered largely invisible by scholars, played in shaping Cather's work. Homestead argues that Lewis was not just Cather's companion but also her close literary collaborator and editor. After Cather's death the story of her life with Edith Lewis could not be told, but by telling it now, Homestead offers a refreshing take on lesbian life in early twentieth-century America.
Presented in partnership with the Raven Book Store where you can purchase Homestead's book The Only Wonderful Things, or you can check out her book at Lawrence Public Library.