Sara Bryant is a visiting assistant professor of English at Bryn Mawr College. Sara is working on a book project called “The Sound of Voice,” which traces how writers and artists from the 1920s to the early 1940s experimented with the human voice in its embodied and technologically mediated forms.
An early letter from Willa Cather to Zoë Akins in 1914 consists almost entirely of blunt feedback to the aspiring writer. Some representative lines, "This story, my dear Zoe is written to be smart. . . . There’s either got to be real feeling in a story, or an intellectual interest of the highest order. . . .