The Enright Files - Willa Cather/Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath and Will Cather

Sylvia Plath and Will Cather


Willa Cather and Sylvia Plath are two of the most influential American women writers of the last century, although they could hardly be more different.  In her novel, My Antonia, Cather wrote of harshly beautiful landscape and resilient women adjusting to a new country. Sylvia Plath gave a new voice to the interior lives of women, and inspired many to write and look for a place in literature. Michael Enright speaks with writers and academics about the work and legacy of these two remarkable writers.

Guests on the program:

Susan Maher, the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota in Duluth, and President of the Willa Cather Foundation.

Sarah Churchwell, professor of American literature at the University of East Anglia.

Elizabeth Winder, poet and author.

Lorna Crozier, poet.

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