Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1937, 1938, 1941. First edition. A Fine set. One of 950 copies (of which this No. 61) signed by the author at the front of volume one. Bound by the publisher as a deluxe issue. "Bound by the Riverside Press," stamped on the back of the end-papers (Riverside Press printed the books). Small 8vo, 3/4 crushed maroon morocco over watermelon cloth, four spine bands with gilt lettering and highlights, top-edge gilt, marbled endpapers, each with ribbon bookmark. Volumes 6 and 8-11 have facsimiles of the handwritten draft of several of Cather's works as the frontispieces; Vol. 13 has no frontis; the rest have different photographs of Cather through the years.
Contains O Pioneers!, The Song of the Lark, Alexander's Bridge and April Twilights, My Antonia, One of Ours, Youth and the Bright Medusa, A Lost Lady, The Professor's House, Death Comes for the Archbishop, Shadows on the Rock, Lucy Gayheart and My Mortal Enemy, Obscure Destinies and Literary Encounters, and Sapphira and the Slave Girl. A beautiful set in Fine condition.
A collection of Cather’s novels, famed for their detailed and immersive approach to life on the plains. In 1922 Cather won the Pulitzer Prize for One of Ours (included in this set); and in addition to being considered one of the most important American writers of the period, she garnered acclaim from contemporaries including H.L. Mencken, and Sinclair Lewis who described her work as making “the outside world know Nebraska as no one else has done.” Fine (Item #1918)