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By Merrill Maguire Skaggs

Axes strains the intimate dating among the texts released via Willa Cather and William Faulkner among 1922 and 1962. whilst these texts are juxtaposed and tested conscientiously, the 2 writers appear intensely aware of, and aware of, every one other’s paintings. in truth, either at some point soon seem to have caricatured or parodied the opposite in print. Judging by way of the texts they left at the back of, they titillated, indignant, exhilarated, and—especially—energized one another. a few readers may well finish that for 40 years they helped create every one other—the rival geniuses and axes of yankee fiction within the 20th century. At the top in their lives, Cather deliberate a narrative to seem posthumously as suggestion to Faulkner approximately lifestyles and literary type; he deliberate his final novel to respond to her in spirit and released it a month prior to his demise. This groundbreaking research is provocative and certain to ignite the imaginations of literary critics and committed readers of every writer.

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She had lovely eyes, lovely skin, lovely manners” (145). Nobody could accuse Faulkner’s mosquito-bitten young women of lovely manners; yet Cather stresses the quality side by side with moral fiber: “There was no one watching her, she didn’t have to keep face — except to herself. That she had to do and no fuss about it. She hadn’t dodged. . She would have a happy day” (166). Cather also may have smirked a bit in graveside advance, to think she hadn’t dodged and could rest happy. buzzin g | 37 Throughout Mosquitoes, Faulkner’s characters seem torn between attraction and repulsion in regard to each other, especially as sexual creatures.

Mrs. Powers, his young war widow who chooses to use her husband’s life insurance to finance her taking care of totally needy Mahon, would seem to be different. Yet Margaret Powers, who hardly remembers her husband, thinks, “How ugly men are, naked” (sp 182), and mutters repeatedly when he crosses her mind, “Dear, ugly, dead Dick” (184). She asks, “Am I cold by nature, or have I spent all my emotional coppers, that I don’t seem to feel things like others? Dick, Dick. Ugly and dead” (39). Mrs. Powers marries Mahon as an act of charity when he is nearly dead and already blind, and after all the other females she has proposed sacrificial marriage to, have refused it.

Compliments! ” (ob 160). Cather’s point? Trees are not eternal, nor do they predate time, as Faulkner had suggested in Mosquibuzzin g | 33 toes. Fallen on a cool Canadian coastline and not in a Louisiana swamp, they can last a century or more if they get good drainage. To endure admirably for a surprisingly long time does not require a tree, or even an island, to predate eternity. All things existing in time are finite, including geology. In readjusting Faulkner’s facts, Cather also straightens out Faulkner’s distortion of Professor St.

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