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Fourteen brief tales from certainly one of America's most interesting writers. Willa Cather was once serious about the ruthless of nature, the brutality of mankind, and the great thing about paintings, all of that are obvious during this richly various assortment. Newly designed and typeset in a contemporary 6-by-9-inch layout by way of Waking Lion Press.

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