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  • Published: 5 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9781473559424
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

Death Comes for the Archbishop




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Two priests are despatched from Rome to New Mexico to reinvigorate Catholicism among the locals, knowing little of the challenges that await them. They face a journey characterised by drudgery, danger and a vast, unending, often barren landscape. Over almost four decades they encounter a rich variety of people, from rebellious Mexican priests to steadfast Native Americans uninterested in changing their longstanding customs. Ultimately the pair must grapple with the near impossibility of spreading their faith in an ancient land built on its own traditions. This is a work of simplicity and beauty, and a portrait of a steadfast friendship, from one of America’s most celebrated novelists.

‘Quite simply a masterpiece’ Daily Telegraph

  • Pub date: 5 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9781473559424
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

About the Author

Willa Cather

Willa Cather (née Wilella Sibert Cather) was born in 1873 near Winchester, Virginia. She moved with her family to Catherton, Nebraska in 1883, and the landscape went on to have a formative effect on her, with her most famous novels being set on Nebraskan soil. Before becoming a full-time writer, Cather worked variously as a journalist, a magazine editor and a teacher. Her first novel, Alexander’s Bridge, was published in 1912, followed by titles including O Pioneers! (1913); The Song of the Lark (1915); My Ántonia (1918); One of Ours (1922), for which she won the Pulitzer Prize; Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927) and Sapphira and the Slave Girl (1940). She died at her home in New York in 1947.

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Praise for Death Comes for the Archbishop

“Its whole effect works slowly and mysteriously ... a major, and rare, artistic achievement”

A. S. Byatt

“Quite simply a masterpiece . . . I am completely bowled over by it; by the power of its writing, by the vividness of its scene painting and by the stories it tells...This is a book which I go on rereading.”

A. N. Wilson, Daily Telegraph


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