"Paul's Case" was first published in 1905 in Cather's first collection of short stories, titled The Troll Garden. When republished by McClure's in 1920, it established Cather's career and her fame spread across America.
"Paul's Case", similar to "The Enchanted Forest" featured in her Nine Stories published by Simply, is one of the great writer's stories accessible to most young people in high school and college. It relates to what they feel, think, and want to be. Perhaps just as importantly, it depicts young people upset by their current circumstances, their families, and the drabness they perceive in their own lives. One of her best.