A former Texas A&M professor co-authored a book that landed on Time magazine's top 10 list for 2013.
Emeritus English professor Janis Stout, along with Andrew Jewell of the University of Nebraska, compiled The Selected Letters of Willa Cather, which Time selected as one of it's ten best nonfiction books. The two published the letters of Cather, the reserved author of O Pioneers!, My Ántonia and the Pulitzer Prize-winning One of Ours. Cather's will stipulated the letters remain private. In 2011, the last executor of her will passed away, and the remaining family member supported publishing the letters.
"I'm very excited to be named in the top ten, but I'm most excited about the amazing reception the book has had," Stout said in a press release. "We always felt there would be lots of attention from a book like this. A lot of people love Willa Cather's books. Scholars were waiting to see her actual letters but other people were waiting and just didn't know they were."