“Although Miss Sergeant was both a life member of Miss Cather’s carefully chosen circle of admirers and for many years…among her most intimate friends, she seems to have emerged from the experience in full possession of her faculties…Her book is an illuminating glimpse of a lively, likable, and immensely gifted young writer whom time and a thousand tributes turned into a formidable, self-absorbed, and somewhat baffled woman.”
The New Yorker
“Willa Cather: A Memoir duplicates no other work…Its real value lies in its fresh record of a close friendship which began in 1910…and continued until the death in 1947 of the world-famous novelist and high priestess of art.”
Edward Wagenknecht, The Saturday Review
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Although Anaïs Nin found in her diaries a profound mode of self-creation and confession, she could not reveal this intimate record of her own experiences during her lifetime. Instead, she turned to fiction, where her stories and novels became artistic “distillations” of her secret diaries.
Yves Bonnefoy is probably the most prominent figure in the generation of French poets who came into public view following World War II. Dedicated to poetry more as a means of spiritual illumination than as a technique for creating artistic monuments, he uses what he conceives to be the brokenness and poverty of language to enable us to glimpse a wholeness lacking in our contemporary world.