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Willa Cather

Dates: 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.

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Willa Cather on the Web: biographies, general information

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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