Coming, Aphrodite! (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics) by Willa Cather

By Willa Cather

Top recognized for the particular images of the folks and land of the yankee West in her prairie novels, Willa Cather is without doubt one of the maximum American writers of this century. The fourteen brief tales during this richly various assortment, besides an exemplary creation via writer Cynthia Griffin Wolff, permit for a extra advanced view of Cather. As a author she used to be intrigued through nature's ruthlessness and mankind's unlimited power for brutality and had a fondness for the great thing about paintings. starting from the simplicity of Cather's first released tale, "Peter" (1892), to the intense eroticism of "Coming, Aphrodite!" (1920), this Twentieth-Century Classics assortment is an interesting and successful testomony to the genius of an American literary icon.

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The characters played by Akim Tamiroff and Brian Donleavy in Sturges’s movies would have recognized the place and felt at home there. Knowing that the Chief of Police was a man who worked for my grandfather in the rum-running days gave me a certain pleasurable assurance, along with an insider’s sense 24 F i g u re 4. Dave Pinsky on Broadway in Long Branch, New Jersey, in the 1920s. In an old family joke, the sign says “Paint Store,” but it is really a Pint Store. that in a community things are not always what they seem—that places and people have significant, invisible histories.

The stories are immigrant stories, one way or another. To say that Pinsky was a Long Branch name reaches back a mere three generations, to my grandparents. Because so many of our family went through the schools, and because of the bar, we could seem and feel part of the place’s fabric, within four or five decades. As with the elegiac blanks of “Frenchman’s Bend” and “Grover’s Corners,” the point of such history may be less its depth than its newness, its short-lived quality: within living memory, or nearly so.

Mr. Ash took this in as he grunted and tugged at a long-handled wrench, removing the part I needed from a wrecked Coronet. I told Mr. Ash that I was going to graduate school, not that I was going to be a writer. As it happened, he knew more than might be expected about going to graduate school. And I had already, that summer, been embarrassed by the idea that I was a writer. 29 F i g u re 5. The Jewish Aces posing for a group portrait on the steps of Long Branch High School in 1939, with Milford Pinsky holding the trophy.

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