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A lost lady (Paperback)
Series: Penguin twentieth-century classics
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Lionel Trilling deemed A Lost Lady "Cather's most explicit
treatment of the passing of the old order" and "the central work in
her career". It chronicles the life of Marian Forrester, a woman
living an agonizing existence with her invalid husband, a
once-powerful railroad builder. She longs for a life of culture,
wealth, and sophistication, an existence that seems unattainable in
the face of her husband's condition. Instead of turning her back on
the petty bourgeois world of the present, Marian succumbs to its
demands, taking refuge in the false comforts of alcohol and sexual
abandon. She plays courtesan to an aggressive businessman and
witnesses the corrupted activities and perils of the new
generation. Narrated through the eyes of a young admirer, Niel
Herbert, A Lost Lady demonstrates the passionate candor of Cather's
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