Daily Archives for: October 14th, 2016

My Antonia by Willa Cather (1918)

From the original review of My Antonia by Willa Cather in the Chicago Daily Tribune, November 1918: From the time Willa Cather first began to write there have been two notable qualities in her stories, truth and distinction. The strong impulse of her realism has proved itself to be the vital part of her literary activity.

So now, after perhaps a quarter of a century of story and poetry writing, in which she has been temperate indeed in her output, she is able to offer a tale of such unusual simplicity and loveliness that it must make and hold its place. Read More→

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Literary Rejection: Overcoming Hurt, Counting the Blessings

Tales of literary rejection are the war stories of writers. Nearly everyone experiences it, even (or especially) writers who eventually became famous and successful, but that doesn’t make it any more fun.

Rejection, we’ve been told, is part of the path to publication. We’re told to grow a tough hide and accept that most rejections are nothing personal.

Even so, rejection still stings—even the bland “not looking at this time. That’s because it’s difficult to separate the rejection of one’s work from the rejection of one’s self. Read More→

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