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Donal Harris

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231177726

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231177726.001.0001

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Willa Cather’s Promiscuous Fiction

Willa Cather’s Promiscuous Fiction

(p.29) Chapter 1 Willa Cather’s Promiscuous Fiction
On Company Time

Donal Harris

Columbia University Press

Willa Cather’s ideal of the “unfurnished novel,” while ostensibly a rejection of what she calls “machine-made fiction,”, emerges directly out of her editorial work for the most influential magazine of the 1890s, McClure’s. It is here that she learned the best creative act is the one that cannot be seen on the page, which becomes the guiding aesthetic principal of her mature novels.

Keywords:   Willa Cather, McClure's, Muckraking, Modernism, the staff system, The Professor's House

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