The Professor's House by Willa Cather

Willa Cather's early novels of life on the American prairie, such as My Antonia and O Pioneers! are well known. Her novel The Professor's House is much less familiar.

 

In The Professor's House, Cather explores the thoughts and emotions of a man making the difficult transition from middle to old age and finding, as he looks back over his life, that he has lost sight of the person he once was. The first symptom of Professor Godfrey St. Peter's growing internal crisis is his reluctance to leave his attic study when he and his wife move to a new house. For St. Peter, the study—uncomfortable and inconvenient as it has always been—represents the constancy of his working life and the years devoted to his massive history of the Spanish explorers.

 

First published: 1925

 

Widely available at the Chicago Public Library.

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  • Lisa

    For those who were interested in taking a look at the (univ of Nebraska-Lincoln) Willa Cather Archive, here it is: http://cather.unl.edu/

    February 1, 2012

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    A former member

    First time to this book club meeting - I was pleasantly surprised by the number of people (~25), the comfortable setting and the ease and depth of conversation. I was late arriving - perhaps missing introductions and some overview of how the discussion would be organized. I'll definitely attend again.

    January 30, 2012

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    Was one of my favorite books. I truly enjoyed the thoughtful perspectives shared by all.
    I appreciate the respectful nature of the group as well. I look forward to getting to know people better, if I can just find the time to stick around a while afterward.

    January 30, 2012

  • Jon F.

    I was glad to read a book that I would not normally have read on my own and which I enjoyed so thoroughly.

    January 30, 2012

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