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Willa Cather biography

Date of birth : 1873-12-07
Date of death : 1947-04-24
Birthplace : Gore, Virginia, United States
Nationality : American
Category : Famous Figures
Last modified : 2011-07-18
Credited as : Author, Pulitzer Prize for literature, One of Ours

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Willa Cather was an American author who achieved recognition for her novels of frontier life on the Great Plains, in works such as O Pioneers!, My Ántonia, and The Song of the Lark.

Willa Sibert Cather was a writer celebrated for her novels of the immigrant experience on the American frontier, including O Pioneers! (1913) and My Ántonia (1918). Cather was born in Virginia, but in her tenth year she moved with her family to a farm in Red Coud, Nebraska. While a student at the University of Nebraska (1891-95), she published her first short story and contributed to the Nebraska State Journal. After earning her degree, Cather worked in Pittsburgh as an editor and writer for The Home Monthly and the Daily Leader, and published a book of verse, April Twilight (1903). She then moved to New York, where she edited McClure's Magazine (1906-1912) and wrote short stories, publishing a collection in 1905 (The Troll Garden).

Her experiences in Nebraska informed much of her work, and during her long career she was a prolific and well-regarded writer, known for strong female characters and acute observations of life. She won a Pulitzer Prize in 1923 for her novel One of Ours, and received several honorary degrees and awards during her life. Her novels include The Song of the Lark (1915), Lost Lady (1923), Shadows on the Rocks (1931) and Sapphira and the Slave Girl (1940).

Author of books:


Alexander's Bridge (1912)
O Pioneers! (1913)
The Song of the Lark (1915)
My Ántonia (1918)
One of Ours (1922)
A Lost Lady (1923)
The Professor's House (1925)
My Mortal Enemy (1926)
Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927)
Shadows on the Rock (1931)
Lucy Gayheart (1935)
Sapphira and the Slave Girl (1940)


April Twilights (1903, poetry)
The Troll Garden (1905, short stories)
Youth and the Bright Medusa (1920, short stories)
Obscure Destinies (1932, three stories)
Not Under Forty (1936, essays)
The Old Beauty and Others (1948, three stories)
Willa Cather: On Writing (1949, essays)
Five Stories (1956, published by the Estate of Willa Cather)

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