A Lost Lady

A Lost Lady: Essay Q&A

1. What is the historical background of the novel? Cather based the story on her memory of the Garbers of Red Cloud, Nebraska. Silas Garber (1833-1905) had been a captain in the Union army and a builder for the Burlington railroad. He was a founder of the town of Red Cloud, president of the Farmer’s …

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A Lost Lady: Top Ten Quotes

If she merely bowed to you, merely looked at you, it constituted a personal relation. Something about her took hold of one in a flash; one became acutely conscious of her, of her fragility and grace, of her mouth which could say so much without words; of her eyes, lively, laughing, intimate, nearly always a …

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A Lost Lady: Theme Analysis

Relationship to place, to the land, is an important theme in Cather’s work, regardless of where the story is set—Nebraska, Virginia, New Mexico, or Colorado. She had a special love for the prairies, having grown up in Red Cloud, Nebraska, fictionalized as Sweet Water in A Lost Lady. The Forrester house (based on the Silas …

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