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Paul’s Case: Introduction
Paul’s Case: Plot Summary
Paul’s Case: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Paul’s Case: Themes
Paul’s Case: Quotes
Paul’s Case: Characters
Paul’s Case: Symbols
Paul’s Case: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Willa Cather
Historical Context of Paul’s Case
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- Full Title: “Paul’s Case: A Study in Temperament”
- When Written: 1905
- Where Written: Pittsburgh
- When Published: 1905 in the collection The Troll Garden; republished that year in McClure’s Magazine
- Literary Period: Naturalism
- Genre: Short story; Naturalism
- Antagonist: Paul’s father and teachers; normalcy; heteronormativity
- Point of View: Third person limited
Extra Credit for Paul’s Case
Burn After Reading Before her death, Willa Cather tried to burn her entire archive of correspondences, preventing anyone from reading her private letters—although many letters survived. The attempt to destroy her letters was likely motivated by a fear that her lesbianism, if widely publicized, would ruin her legacy.
Eyes on the Prize My Antonia was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize the first year the prize existed, though it didn’t win. She would go on to win the prize for her now lesser-known 1923 book, One of Ours.