Ida Tarbell & Willa Cather

From Ida Tarbell: Portrait of a Muckraker by Kathleen Brady:

“There was a new writer on staff [at McClure’s Magazine], a former teacher in her late twenties, who had lived in Virginia and Nebraska and acquired the worst accents of both. Only McClure and Roseboro liked her. The rest thought Willa Cather a disgruntled “yes-man,” according to Curtis Brady, one of several Brady brothers on the business staff. Cather wanted to meet Ida Tarbell, the woman writer who had made a name for herself but Tarbell had no time. Ida “didn’t cotton to her, nor discount her either,” according to Roseboro. In later years, Tarbell expressed great admiration for Death Comes for the Archbishop and defended Cather’s way of guarding her privacy to protect her working hours” (134).

Click here to see a picture of Cather with Ida Tarbell taken years later in 1924 when Cather was 51 and Tarbell 67.

Author: Chris Wolak

I'm cohost of the podcast Book Cougars: Two Middle-Aged Women on the Hunt for a Good Read and write about books and libraries on my blog, WildmooBooks.

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