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The Uncommon Friendship of Yalhta Menuhin and Willa Cather

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  • Robert Campbell
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1879395460/ncdn NEW BOOK: The Uncommon Friendship Of Yaltah Menuhin & Willa Cather... In recent years, much light has
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 11, 2004
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      NEW BOOK: The Uncommon Friendship Of Yaltah Menuhin & Willa Cather...
      In recent years, much light has been shed on the remarkable life and
      writing of American author Willa Cather (1873-1947), many of whose
      novels explored the subject of women and creativity.

      Now, acclaimed author Lionel Rolfe (The Menuhins: A Family Odyssey,
      Literary L.A. and Fat Man on the Left: Four Decades in the
      Underground) has delved into his fascinating family history to
      reveal the extraordinary story of the friendship between Willa
      Cather and his mother, piano prodigy Yaltah Menuhin (1920-2001),
      sister of world class violinist Yehudi Menuhin. Against the
      tumultuous backdrop of America and Europe in the early and mid-20th
      century, Rolfe presents the engrossing chronicle of his mother¹s
      struggle as a budding musician, her tragic relationship with her own
      parents, and the solace she found when Cather became her mentor -- a
      mutually inspiring friendship which would endure for decades and
      would see Yaltah inspiring some of the most memorable heroines in
      Cather¹s novels, most notably Lucy Gayheart.

      Here is a personal yet universal book which not only provides
      illuminating new insight into two important women artists, but also
      raises many provocative questions about the effects of societal and
      familial constraint on the lives of brilliant women.

      From the preface:
      I ended the book with deepened understanding of the special
      relationship between Rolfe¹s mother and Willa Cather, and
      appreciated it for that reason. But mainly I appreciated it because
      of insights it enabled about the family of the Menuhins, and about
      what it meant to be a third and female prodigy in that family.
      It is a deeply humanizing reminder of actual people who create the
      art, and who create the conditions of artistic performance.
      -- Sue Rosowski, University of Nebraska
      http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1879395460/ncdn
      The Uncommon Friendship Of Yaltah Menuhin & Willa Cather
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