Willa Cather and the American Southwest Book Series & Walkabout Tour

Starting July 11th, 2pm $200 ++ pp

Includes all Three Classes & Final Group Walking Tour Maximum 20

Willa Cather was at the height of her career as a New York magazine editor when she abruptly quit in 1912 at age thirty-eight and decided to write fiction. That year she made her first of six trips to the American Southwest, visiting Arizona and New Mexico just as these two territories became states. Cather travels to the Southwest inspired her writing. In this class, we’ll explore three of Cather’s novels that derived from her Southwestern travels: The Song of the Lark (derived from her 1912 trip), The Professor’s House (inspired by her trip to Mesa Verde, Colorado in 1915), and her “best book” (her words), Death Comes for the Archbishop, which she researched and wrote during her 1925 and 1926 travels to Taos and Santa Fe. The class concludes with the Willa Cather’s Santa Fe tour, a “walking seminar” downtown that explores sites that inspired Cather’s writing.

Willa Cather The Road is All – Bing video
July 11: Willa Cather, The Song of the Lark, 2pm – 3:30pm
August 8: Willa Cather, The Professor’s House, 2pm – 3:30pm
September 12: Willa Cather, Death Comes for the Archbishop, 2pm – 3:30pm
September 19: Willa Cather’s Santa Fe walking tour, 1pm – 3:30pm (note the earlier start time; tour will meet in the Plaza opposite La Fonda)

Garrett Peck is an author, historian and tour guide living in Santa Fe and is a board member of the Santa Fe Professional Tour Guides. His eighth and latest book is A Decade of Disruption: America in the New Millennium. Garrett is currently working on a book about how Willa Cather composed Death Comes for the Archbishop. www.garrettpeck.com

Please NO cancellations for Instructor Class & Off-Site Walking Tour !
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