Willa CatherDates: December 7, 1873 - April 24, 1947
Known for: writer, journalist, Pulitzer Prize winner
Born in Virginia, Willa Cather moved with her family to Red Cloud, Nebraska, in the 1880s, living among the newly-arrived immigrants from Europe.
She became a journalist, then a teacher, published a few short stories before becoming managing editor of McClure's and, in 1912, began writing novels full-time. She lived in her later years in New York City.
Her best-known novels include My Antonia, O Pioneers!, Song of the Lark and Death Comes for the Archbishop.
Recent biographies have speculated on Cather's gender identity issues.
Willa Cather on this site
Willa Cather on the Web: biographies, general information
- Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial and Educational Foundation: historic sites, other news from "Catherland," or Red Cloud, Nebraska, Cather's childhood home.
- Cather Documents in Libraries - for the serious researcher
About Willa Cather
- Categories: writer
- Places: Virginia, Nebraska, United States
- Period: 20th century
Also on this site
By Willa Cather
- Coming, Aphrodite! And Other Stories (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics. Margaret Anne O'Connor, editor.
- Lucy Gayheart
- My Antonia
- Shadows on the Rock
- Willa Cather in Person: Interviews, Speeches and Letters. Brent L. Bohlke, editor.
- Willa Cather in Europe: Her Own Story of the First Journey
About Willa Cather and her work
- Mildred R. Bennett. The World of Willa Cather.
- Marilee Lindemann. Willa Cather: Queering America.
- Sharon O'Brien. Willa Cather: The Emerging Voice.
- Janis P. Stout. Willa Cather: The Writer and Her World.
- Willa Cather's New York: New Essays on Cather in the City. Merrill Maguire Skaggs, editor
- Merrill Maguire Skaggs. After the World Broke in Two: The Later Novels of Willa Cather.
- Readings on My Antonia (Greenhaven Press Literary Companion to American Literature). Christopher Smith, editor.
- Joseph R. Urgo. Willa Cather and the Myth of American Migration.
- Laura Winters. Willa Cather: Landscape and Exile.
- James Woodress. Willa Cather: A Literary Life.
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