Alexander’s Bridge

Alexander’s Bridge

by Willa Cather

Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe) Publication Date: 31/07/2019


First published in 1912, "Alexander’s Bridge" by Willa Cather is the author’s first novel. Although "Alexander’s Bridge" was published a century ago, the book is still relevant today and has some important lessons on ways to live our life in harmony.

"Alexander’s Bridge" tells the story of Bartley Alexander, an engineer who designs bridges. A man of action, strong and handsome, Bartley has moved from his humble western beginnings to attain success and respect among eastern elites. His comfortable life and place in Boston’s high society are thanks in no small part to his loving wife, Winifred, who comes from a well-to-do family. But Bartley’s life is upended on a business trip to London. There he encounters Hilda, an old college flame who is now an actress. Already grappling with the feeling that his routinized life, successful though it may be, has left him empty, running into Hilda ignites a passionate affair. The love triangle that results and Bartley’s internal struggle as he leads a double life provide much of the drama that unfolds. Bartley finds himself helpless in his attempts to end his relationship with Hilda, ultimately leading to tragedy.

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Willa Cather

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 Antonia. She lived with the editor Edith Lewis for thirty-nine years until her death in 1947.

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