The Everyman edition is the first to print the complete poems – the collection April Twilights, first published in 1903, together with additional poems which appeared in an expanded edition twenty years later, and others which are uncollected and previously unpublished. It also includes an illuminating selection from her newly released letters.
One of the foremost American novelists of the early twentieth century, Willa Cather (1873-1947) was born in Virginia but grew up in Nebraska. Before she wrote the novels that would make her famous, she was known as a poet, the most popular of her poems reprinted many times in national magazines and anthologies. In such lyrical poems as ‘Prairie Dawn’, ‘The Hawthorn Tree,’ ‘Going Home’ and ‘Winter at Delphi’, Cather exhibits both a finely tuned sensitivity to the beauties of the physical world and a richly symbolic use of the landscapes of myth. The themes that were to animate her later masterpieces found their first expression in these haunting, elegiac ballads and sonnets.
Cather’s O Pioneers! and My Antonia are already available in Everyman’s Library.