Friday, 9 April 2010

on my bookshelf: madonna of the prairie/ o pioneers!

i picked up this book, completely based on the cover!
i was so drawn to the lovely face on the cover, that looked untimely modern & out of place in her surrondings. well alittle research into this painting & i was right, a 1920s modern face, that resonates independence in a time when women were really pushing their limits...
so far i've read two chapters, & i haven't decided whether to continue, but i'm in love with that face on the cover to be sure.

book cover art: madonna of the prairie, 1921, w.h.d.Koerner

turns out that this book was also written by a woman before her time, some interesting details,about the author willa cather,
"As a student at the University of Nebraska in the early 1890s, Cather sometimes used the masculine nickname "William" and wore masculine clothing. A photograph in the University of Nebraska archives depicts Cather, "her hair shingled, at a time when females wore their hair fashionably long, and dressed boyishly." Throughout Cather's adult life, her most significant friendships were with women.
Cather's relationship with Lewis began in the early 1900s. The two women lived together in a series of apartments in New York City from 1912 until the writer's death in 1947. From 1913 to 1927, Cather and Lewis lived at No. 5 Bank Street in greenwich village".

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