Willa Cather
Original Author: Carl Van Vechten
Created: January 22, 1936
Medium: Gelatin silver photograph
Publisher: Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division

Willa Cather

Willa Cather, sporting a dark plumed hat and fur collar, poses enigmatically for photographer Carl Van Vechten in 1936. Famous as a photographer of Harlem Renaissance luminaries, Van Vechten suggestively places Cather in front of a religious figure on horseback, calling to mind the first-edition cover of her novel Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927), which featured a clergyman astride a horse. Cather was born in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, the setting for her final novel, Sapphira and the Slave Girl (1940).

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