The Troll Garden.
(Cather, Willa)

The Troll Garden.

NY: McClure, Phillips, 1905. First edition, first binding. This copy belonged to Louise Pound and bears her signature on the front endpaper. Pound was an intimate friend of Cather's during their time at the University of Nebraska, where they were co-editors of "Lasso," a campus magazine. Pound went on to become a pioneer of the study of American English linguistics. She studied origins and trends of American speech, analyzing the influences of folklore, literature, trade, and music on regional dialects. She spent her career as a professor at the University of Nebraska. Her relationship with Cather only lasted a little more than two years, however, as Pound distanced herself from Cather when the latter wrote an unflattering lampoon of Pound's brother, calling out the young lawyer for his self-serving airs. The Troll Garden was Cather's first collection of short stories, containing seven of her best-known tales: "Flavia and Her Artists", "The Sculptor's Funeral", "A Death in the Desert", "The Garden Lodge", "The Marriage of Phaedra", "A Wagner Matinee", and "Paul's Case". Faint wear to extremities, slight darkening to spine, and a two-inch slit to inside of front hinge; lacking the extremely rare dust jacket. Still a near fine copy of the author's scarce second book. Letter from Mary S. Churchill to Pound laid in, dated 28 January 1952, in which Churchill asks Pound for her impressions of Cather to be included in a forthcoming biography of the author. The biography, it seems, was never published. Item #19742

Price: $2,500.00

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