Paul's Case

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"Paul's Case: A Study in Temperament" is a short story by Willa Cather.wikipedia
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Willa Cather

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"Paul's Case: A Study in Temperament" is a short story by Willa Cather.
It contains several of Cather's best-known stories—"A Wagner Matinee," "The Sculptor's Funeral," and "Paul's Case."

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It also appeared in a collection of Cather's stories, The Troll Garden (1905).
"Paul's Case"

Gregory Spears

The story was the basis for a chamber opera in two acts with music by Gregory Spears to a libretto by Spears and Kathryn Walat.
Steve Smith, in his New York Times review of the opera Paul's Case, based on the Willa Cather short story of the same title, described the score: "Mr. Spears's elegantly spare music, with its gamelan-redolent modes and clockwork repetitions, Baroque vocal fillips, intricately woven ensembles and dramatically placed dissonances, further infuses the tale with a sense of ritual and inevitability."

List of suicides in fiction

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The title character in "Paul's Case" jumps in front of a train.

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It was first published in McClure's Magazine in 1905 under the title "Paul's Case: A Study in Temperament" and was later shortened.

Anthology

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For many years "Paul's Case" was the only one of her stories that Cather allowed to be anthologized.

Pittsburgh

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Around the turn of the century, Pittsburgh was an industrial center with a successful class of business leaders.

Europe

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According to Cather's story, these leaders were able to manage their companies while they were in Europe.

New York City

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New York City was known to be a place that one can escape to. It was the center of fine living and society, and “the symbol of ultimate glamour and cosmopolitan sophistication at that time.” The symbol of New York lifestyle in "Paul's Case" is the luxurious Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

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He then goes to work at a music hall in Pittsburgh, named Carnegie Hall.

Burgher (title)

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Paul despises the "burghers" on his respectable but drab street.

Waldorf Astoria New York

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The symbol of New York lifestyle in "Paul's Case" is the luxurious Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

San Francisco

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He also meets a young San Franciscan who takes him on an all-night tour of the city's lively social scene.

Wayne Koestenbaum

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Wayne Koestenbaum reads the story as a possible portrait of Willa Cather's "own desire for aesthetic fulfillment and sexual nonconformity."

Literary topos

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He also identifies the literary topos of opera queendom, commingled here as it often is with a suicidal sense of self-loss.

Queen (slang)

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He also identifies the literary topos of opera queendom, commingled here as it often is with a suicidal sense of self-loss.

University of Central Missouri

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James Obertino of the University of Central Missouri suggested Paul suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and narcissistic personality disorder.

Posttraumatic stress disorder

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James Obertino of the University of Central Missouri suggested Paul suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and narcissistic personality disorder.

Narcissistic personality disorder

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James Obertino of the University of Central Missouri suggested Paul suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and narcissistic personality disorder.

University of New Haven

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Hayley Wilhelm of the University of New Haven suggests the possibility that Paul has autism due to certain signs and symptoms he displays throughout the story.

Chamber opera

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The story was the basis for a chamber opera in two acts with music by Gregory Spears to a libretto by Spears and Kathryn Walat.

Artisphere

It premiered in April 2013 at the Artisphere in Washington, D.C. and was then performed for the PROTOTYPE opera festival in New York City, performed at HERE, 145 6th Avenue.

Sixth Avenue

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It premiered in April 2013 at the Artisphere in Washington, D.C. and was then performed for the PROTOTYPE opera festival in New York City, performed at HERE, 145 6th Avenue.

Lamont Johnson

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Paul's Case was adapted into a TV movie in 1980 directed by Lamont Johnson, starring Eric Roberts.

Eric Roberts

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Paul's Case was adapted into a TV movie in 1980 directed by Lamont Johnson, starring Eric Roberts.