Youth and the Bright Medusa

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First edition (publ. Knopf)

Youth and the Bright Medusa is a collection of short stories by Willa Cather, published in 1920.[1] Several were published in an earlier collection, The Troll Garden.


This collection contains the following stories:[2]


The book was the first book Cather published with Alfred A. Knopf.[3] She was unhappy with her publisher Houghton Mifflin and had been interested in Knopf since seeing their edition of Green Mansions by William Henry Hudson.[3] Cather liked the looks of their books and how they supported their authors with well-designed advertisements.[3]Cather was still under contract with Houghton Mifflin for her novels so Knopf offered to put out a selection of her short stories.[3]


  1. ^ "And Death Comes for Willa Cather, Famous Author". Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph. 25 April 1947 – via "North Side: Willa Cather", Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.
  2. ^ "Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather". Project Gutenberg.
  3. ^ a b c d Claridge, Laura (2016). The lady with the Borzoi : Blanche Knopf, literary tastemaker extraordinaire (First ed.). New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. pp. 61–62. ISBN 9780374114251. OCLC 908176194.

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