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  • Published: 20 August 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241338261
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $19.99

Death Comes For The Archbishop




Cather's masterpiece of life, death and faith in New Mexico, new to Modern Classics.

Two French priests, friends since childhood, are sent to the newly created diocese of New Mexico. Life there is hard and frequently dangerous. Journeys between parishes are beset by the perils of bandits and storms. The people do not always want to hear the priests' message. But through their many years together, the two priests are sustained by friendship, faith and the magnificent landscapes of New Mexico, until at last they must be separated.

Cather's beautiful novel is renowned for its vivid writing on landscape and is a variation on her great theme: the making of America in the west.

  • Pub date: 20 August 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241338261
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Willa Cather

Willa Cather (née Wilella Sibert Cather) was born in 1873 near Winchester, Virginia. She moved with her family to Catherton, Nebraska in 1883, and the landscape went on to have a formative effect on her, with her most famous novels being set on Nebraskan soil. Before becoming a full-time writer, Cather worked variously as a journalist, a magazine editor and a teacher. Her first novel, Alexander’s Bridge, was published in 1912, followed by titles including O Pioneers! (1913); The Song of the Lark (1915); My Ántonia (1918); One of Ours (1922), for which she won the Pulitzer Prize; Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927) and Sapphira and the Slave Girl (1940). She died at her home in New York in 1947.

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