In 1902, Cather traveled to Europe. In 1903, she published her first book of poems, April Twilight. Critics largely dismissed the volume, and Cather subsequently abandoned the form to fiction. Having already published the short story "Peter" as a college [email protected] — a short story that would later be integrated into the celebrated novel My Ántonia @ — Cather continued to refine her fiction while teaching high school in Pittsburgh. In 1905, she published the short-story collection, The Troll Garden, which features her celebrated and much-anthologized story "Paul's Case." She joined the staff at McClure's magazine in 1906, remaining with them until 1912, the year she published her first novel, Alexander's Bridge. The novel was recognized as an attempt to mimic the style and themes of novelist Henry James. The following year, she published
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