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  • Published: 26 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241422489
  • Imprint: Penguin Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • RRP: $27.99

Death Comes for the Archbishop




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

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'Quite simply a masterpiece ... I am completely bowled over by it; by the power of its writing, by the vividness of its scene painting and by the stories it tells' A. N. Wilson

This Penguin Classic is performed by Ako Mitchell. Ako directed and co-wrote I'm in the Corner with the Bluebells. He has performed extensively on the West End, starring in The Lion King and Sister Act among others.

'Where there is great love there are always miracles'

Two French priests have been sent to New Mexico to reawaken the faith. There, they must contend with unforgiving landscapes, danger, rebellion and loneliness. But through their many years together they are sustained by faith, friendship and the awe-inspiring majesty that surrounds them. A work of great simplicity and sublime beauty, Willa Cather's acclaimed novel asks, what is a life well lived?

Death Comes for the Archbishop is a masterpiece by the author of O Pioneers! and the great novelist of American frontier life.

'Its whole effect works slowly and mysteriously ... a major, and rare, artistic achievement' A. S. Byatt

  • Published: 26 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241422489
  • Imprint: Penguin Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • RRP: $27.99

About the author

Willa Cather

Willa Cather was a Pulitzer prize-winning American writer, best known for her novels of Nebraskan frontier life. 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. Before becoming a full-time writer, Cather worked 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); TheSong 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 in New York in 1947.

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