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It may be worth exploring inner structure of Cather's work to see if this concept influenced the approach to character development - a writer who rarely if ever placed an unintentional word ... And yet didn't micromanage. :-)

On Jun 4, 2014, at 11:11 AM, Katherine Walter <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Dear Jim and All,
> 
> The French word for this type of pruning is "espalier."  
> 
> Kay
> 
> Katherine L. Walter
> Co-Director, Center for Digital Research in the Humanities
> Professor and Chair, Digital Initiatives & Special Collections
> University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: 5 Bank Street: The Listserv for Willa Cather Scholars [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of James Cody
> Sent: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 12:19 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [5BANKSTREET] My mistake on your Cather calendar!
> 
> Fellow Cahterians,
> 
> My obsession with Cather and Trees lead me to a moment in One of Ours when Claude witnesses "[p]ear trees trained like vines."  I had never heard of that and never knew they could be forced to grow that way.  I then did some image searching.  I thought I'd share what I found and included in my project for those of you who are equally in the dark about such pear tree planting.  Cather's knowledge of trees truly is amazing. 
> 
> --Jim
> 
> http://jcody6underwillacatherstrees.wordpress.com/2014/06/02/pear-tree-2/
> 
> Jim Cody, D.Litt.
> Professor
> English Dept.
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> ________________________________________
> From: 5 Bank Street:  The Listserv for Willa Cather Scholars [[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of ann romines [[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Monday, June 02, 2014 8:39 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: [5BANKSTREET] My mistake on your Cather calendar!
> 
> Dear Cather Friends,
> 
> Many of you were kind enough to buy the 22014 Cather calendar that Tom, Tracy and I worked hard putting together last year.  I hope you are enjoying it!  When I turned my own calendar to June this morning, I noticed a mistake in a notation for June 14.  That is the day that Cather's brother Douglass died--but he died in 1938, not 1939.  That error is entirely my fault; I should have caught it when I did my last proofreading.  My apologies to Willa, to Douglass, and especially to you!
> 
> Hope I'll be seeing some of you at Spring Conference this week, and I'm deeply envious to those of you who'll be going to the Rome colloquium in a couple of weeks.  Bon voyage and happy June, everyone!
> 
> Ann Romines