My Mortal Enemy (Signed Limited Edition)

My Mortal Enemy (Signed Limited Edition). LGBTQ, Willa Cather.
My Mortal Enemy (Signed Limited Edition)
My Mortal Enemy (Signed Limited Edition)
My Mortal Enemy (Signed Limited Edition)
My Mortal Enemy (Signed Limited Edition)
My Mortal Enemy (Signed Limited Edition)
My Mortal Enemy (Signed Limited Edition)
My Mortal Enemy (Signed Limited Edition)
"A prescient portrait of a marriage that subverts our oldest notions about the nature of domestic happiness"
My Mortal Enemy (Signed Limited Edition)

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1926. First edition. One of 220 copies, of which this Printer's Copy came from the 20 designated Not for Sale. Signed by the author to the rear limitation page. Publisher's quarter cloth over patterned paper boards, retaining paper label to spine. A Near Fine copy, with some toning to spine and wear to corners. Internally unread and fully unopened. Additional spine label adhered to front pastedown.

Considered Cather's darkest dramatic novel, it is a "prescient portrait of a marriage that subverts our oldest notions about the nature of domestic happiness. As a young woman, Myra Henshawe gave up a fortune to marry for love -- a boldly romantic gesture that became a legend in her family. But in her portrait of Myra and in her exquisitely nuanced depiction of her marriage, Cather shows the evolution of a human spirit as it comes to bridle against the contraints of ordinary happiness" (Vintage). Cather's struggle with the completion of a traditional marriage plot, as depicted through Myra, also speaks to the author's own ambivalence toward heteronormative social structures. For while Cather in her lifetime "did not openly celebrate her own lesbian desires," she instead evinced "what today is sometimes described as homophobic and misogynistic attitudes" (Lindemann). All the same, My Mortal Enemy is marked by "the queer qualities of fiction -- rebellion against traditional fictional forms, with sometimes unlikable characters, lack of emphasis on heroic action, and lack of engagement in the drama of heterosexual desire" (Lindemann).
Near Fine (Item #4797)

Price: $500

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