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Did Willa Cather plagiarize her acclaimed 1928, Death Comes For The Archbishop, from a 1908 biography by William J. Howlett?

Did Willa Cather plagiarize her acclaimed 1928 novel, Death Comes For The Archbishop? She acknowledged to have been influenced by a biography published in 1908 and written by the Rev. W.J. Howlett: ...
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Meaning of "ushel" in Willa Cather's short story "The Sculptor's Funeral"

Near the beginning of "The Sculptor's Funeral," a character says, "Jim's ez full ez a tick, ez ushel.” Indeed, Jim does habitually drink to excess. Does "ushel" mean "...
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