Cather preferred to call Death Comes for the Archbishop a

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Cather preferred to call  Death Comes for the Archbishop  a "narrative" rather than a novel. Indeed,  the book does not conform to traditional notions of the novel form. Instead, Cather layers vignettes  from the lives of her protagonists to build a quiet study of nineteenth-century New Mexico and the  religious faith that transformed the peoples of the region. Cather wrote  Death Comes for the Archbishop  following two contemporary novels,  A Lost Lady  and  The Professor's House,  as well as a novella,  My Mortal Enemy.  The preceding fiction reveals  Cather's perception of the increasing materialism of American society and disillusion with Jazz Age  lapses of morality. Similar to other such Modernist writers as T.S. Eliot and David Jones, Cather  perceived that "the world broke in two in 1922 or thereabouts," as she wrote in the preface to her  1936 collection of essays 
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