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The Only Wonderful Things: The Creative Partnership of Willa Cather & Edith Lewis

Melissa J. Homestead


This book tells for the first time the story of the central relationship of novelist Willa Cather’s life, her nearly forty-year partnership with Edith Lewis. Cather has been described as a distinguished artist who turned her back on the crass commercialism of the early twentieth century and as a deeply private woman who strove to hide her sexuality, and Lewis has often been identified as her secretary. However, Lewis was a successful professional woman who edited popular magazines and wrote advertising copy at a major advertising agency and who, behind the scenes, edited Cather’s fiction. Reco ... More

Keywords: Willa Cather, Edith Lewis, collaboration, lesbian history, modernism, authorship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190652876
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190652876.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Melissa J. Homestead, author
Professor of English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln