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Sapphira and the Slave Girl

Authors: Cather, Willa
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: FIC014000, FIC019000, FIC004000
ISBN: 9780307805256, Related ISBNs: 0307739651, 0307805255, 0394714342, 1524721603, 1524721611
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 320,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: In her final novel, Willa Cather departed from her usual Great Plains settings to plumb the turbulent relationships between slaves and their owners in the antebellum South.

Sapphira and the Slave Girl
is set in Virginia just before the Civil War. Sapphira is a slave owner who feels she has come down in the world and channels her resentments into jealousy of her beautiful mulatto slave, Nancy. Sapphira’s daughter Rachel, an abolitionist, opposes her mother’s increasingly shocking attempts to persecute Nancy. The struggles of these three strong-willed women provide rich material for Cather’s narrative art and psychological insight.

BONUS: The edition includes an excerpt from The Selected Letters of Willa Cather.

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