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Published in Great Plains Quarterly FALL 1988. Copyright 1988 Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Original editions of this obscure diocesan biography, the major source of Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop, are all but inaccessible. The present reprint, an exact facsimile of the 1908 version, introduces to a wider audience the lively and memorable Joseph P. Machebeuf, first vicar apostolic of Colorado and Utah. To aid readers, the editors have included a bibliography, an index, and marginal asterisks pointing interested readers to a special notes section.