Death Comes for the Archbishop – Important Work of Historical Fiction

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Death Comes for the Archbishop

A program manager at UBS, Tim (Timothy) Shields holds an MBA from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Alongside his leadership on a variety of technology projects at UBS, Tim Shields enjoys reading works such as Willa Cather’s classic, Death Comes for the Archbishop.

Death Comes for the Archbishop is a 1927 novel in which Cather records the history of a real bishop in New Mexico in the mid-1800s, John Baptist Lamy. The main character, whom she calls Jean Marie Latour, gives readers deep insight into the personal struggles of a missionary in the territory of New Mexico.

In addition to his own loneliness, Latour faces obstacles from corrupt Spanish priests who have sought their own good instead of that of the souls they serve. He builds friendships with a Navajo chief and Kit Carson, and dreams of someday constructing a cathedral in the town of Santa Fe.

Willa Cather’s sparse yet descriptive language helps the reader to enter into the wilderness with Latour. Further, her portrayal of his experience illuminates the power of love and faith to bridge the greatest cultural differences.


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