In response to reader queries as to her inspiration for Death Comes for the Archbishop

In response to reader queries as to her inspiration for Death Comes for the Archbishop

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In response to reader queries as to her inspiration for  Death Comes for the Archbishop,  Cather  responded in a letter published in the periodical  The Commonweal.  In the letter, she described a  1912 visit to the Southwest, where she traveled by wagon. On this visit, she had met Father  Halterman, a Belgian priest who raised poultry, sheep, vegetables, and flowers. Father Halterman  told her many stories about the region's traditions and Indian lore. Cather further elaborated on the  sources for her narrative in the  Commonweal  letter: I had all my life wanted to do something in the style of legend, which is absolutely the reverse of  dramatic treatment. Since I first saw the Puvis de Chavannes frescoes of the life of Saint Genevieve  in my student days [1902], I have wished that I could try something a little like that in prose;  something without accent, with none of the artificial elements of composition. In the Golden Legend 
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This note was uploaded on 12/09/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at University of Houston.

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