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Donald Lyons


January 01, 2000

Willa Cather’s “The Professor’s House”

For there to be a humanitas and for this to build up a “world” around itself, a habitable “cosmos” on earth, this classical common sense posited a natural and divine “cosmos” as an original and prior ontological model, independent of all human manipulation. —Marc Fumaroli (1999) Willa Cather’s novel The Professor’s House (1925) is an inquiry into the nature of civilization, of man’s impulse to civilize and create.