Shadows on the Rock. Willa Cather.


Shadows on the Rock

New York: Knopf, 1931. First edition. Inscribed "For Yehudi Menuhin, With every golden wish there is. Willa Cather. New York, June 24th, 1931." This pre-publication presentation (publication date was August 1) to the 15 year-old violinist, documents what would become perhaps the most important friendship of Cather's later life. In May 1930, while writing Shadows on the Rock, Cather visited her old friend Isabelle McClung Hambourg in Paris, and through the Hambourgs (Isabelle's husband Jan was a concert violinist) she met Yehudi and his family. Their friendship developed quickly, and Cather wanted to dedicate Shadows on the Rock to the Menuhin children, but was talked out it by a friend of the family, who thought the parents would be offended by the attention. In 1933 the Menuhins lived across Central Park from Cather, and she spent much time with Yehudi, writing a friend that the children were the chief treasure of her life. Through Menuhin, Cather renewed the happiness she found in music (according to Edith Lewis this had been lacking for most of the previous five years) which led to the theme of her next novel, Lucy Gayheart. His music and friendship was one of the few bright spots in her later years. Menuhin's autobiographical writings, too, attest to their closeness and her great importance in his life. Green cloth, printed paper labels, spine faded, dust jacket supplied. Item #27853

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