Willa Cather

Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • Death Comes for the Archbishop

  • A portrait of an enduring friendship, from one of America’s most celebrated novelists.

    ‘Quite simply a masterpiece’ Daily Telegraph

    Two priests are despatched from Rome to New Mexico to reinvigorate Catholicism among the locals, knowing little of the challenges that await them. Over almost four decades they encounter a rich variety of people, from rebellious Mexican priests to steadfast Native Americans uninterested in changing their longstanding customs.

    ‘Its whole effect works slowly and mysteriously ... a major, and rare, artistic achievement’ AS Byatt

Willa Cather was born in Virginia in 1873 and moved to Nebraska, with its wide open plains and immigrant farming communities, at the age of nine. This landscape would deeply affect her later writing. She attended university and became a journalist and teacher in Pittsburgh, and then a magazine editor in New York. Her first major novel, O Pioneers!, appeared in 1913 and was followed by two more in her prairie trilogy, The Song of the Lark and My Ántonia, as well as her masterpiece Death Comes for the Archbishop. She lived with the editor Edith Lewis for thirty-nine years until her death in 1947.