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http://fp.image.dk/fpemarxlind/biography.htm#Childhood
Born in Battle Creek, Virginia in 1873
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Moved to Red CLoud Nebraska in 1883 at age 10.
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Attended the University of Nebraska of Lincoln- special because not a lot of women received college educations
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Worked for the Nebraska Journal reviewing plays and books.
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While teaching high school English she wrote April Twilights in 1903.
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The Troll Garden was published in 1905.
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Moved to New York in 1906 and worked at McClure's magazine.
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Sarah Orne Jewett was probably also one of the main influences on Cather’s art.
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Many of Cather's books feature women that have very strong traits.
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Cather never had any real interest in men.
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She lived with fellow Nebraskan and friend Edith Lewis from 1908- 1947.
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A Lost Lady (1923) and The Professor’s House (1925), deal with spiritual and cultural crisis for the main characters.
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Cather did not like how the world around her was becoming more about material things.
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Cather's thrid stage of writing focused on a highly critial view of the past and present.
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Her main focus in writing was the development of characters over the development of the plot.
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In her writing she suggests many things rather than just telling the reader how it is.
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Cather often described her work as unfinished.
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She gives a portrayal of human nature against the background of nature.
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Her father places intellectual and spiritual matters over the commercial.
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Meets a girl in Red Cloud who becomes the character Antonia, in My Antonia.
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When Cather visits the Southwest she "discovers herself".
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In 1930 she is awarded the Howells medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters for Death comes for the Archbishop.
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Died April 24 1947 and was buried in New Hampshire.
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She received a doctorate of letters at the University of Nebraska in 1917.
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She also received honorary degrees from the University of Michigan, the University of California, and from Columbia, Yale, and Princeton
http://www.uic.edu/depts/quic/history/willa_cather.html
While in college she fell in love with Louise Pound.
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Showed up to college as William Cather her opposite sex twin brother.
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Much of her writing focused on memories and knowledge from her life in Nebraska.
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Willa attributed their lack of financial success to her father.
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Her mother was a vain woman, mostly concerned with fashion and trying to turn Willa into "a lady".
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Willa was a tomboy; had short hair and wore pants.
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One of her short stories, Peter, later became part of My Antonia.
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Cather entered a period of despair following her prolific success.
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At the time of her death, she ordered her letters burned.
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She grew up among the immigrants from Europe, most of them coming from Scandinavia.
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In 1922 Cather won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel On of Ours.
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In the years following WW I Cather became gravely distressed by the loss of spiritual values.
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She joined the Episcopalian Church and demonstrated her growing distaste for modern values.
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In 1961 Wila Cather was inducted into the Nebreaska Hall of Fame.
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She was the first women inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame.
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She was inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1974.
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She was inducted into the National Women`s Hall of Fame at Seneca, New York in 1988.
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Her interest in music and arts came from her relatioship with Isabel McClung.
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She often referred to Pittsburgh as the "birthplace" of her writing career.
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She found her characteristic themes-the spirit and courage of the frontier she had known in her youth.
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Cather's writing can be divided into three stages. Heroic women, search of spirituality, and the greatness of a vanished past.
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Alexander's Bridge published in 1912.
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Death Comes for the Archbishop published in 1927.
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My Antonia published in 1918.
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One of Ours published in 1922.
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O Pioneers! published in 1913.
Willa Cather. Murphy, John. Brigham University. January 18, 2005. <http://www2.tcu.edu/depts/prs/amwest/pdf/wl0686.pdf>
"This uprooting was the cultural shock of Cather's life, one that shaped her attitudes and marked her fiction.
Willa Cather. Murphy, John. Brigham University. January 18, 2005. <http://www2.tcu.edu/depts/prs/amwest/pdf/wl0686.pdf>
"The tragic context for her characters is that they were always from someplace else."
Willa Cather. Murphy, John. Brigham Univeristy. January 18, 2005. <http://www2.tcu.edu/depts/prs/amwest/pdf/wl0686.pdf>
"Red Cloud proved both fruitful and suffocating."
Willa Cather. Murphy, John. Brigham Univeristy. January 18, 2005. <http://www2.tcu.edu/depts/prs/amwest/pdf/wl0686.pdf>
"The land itself provided Cather with a basic theme and defined her as a western writer."
Willa Cather. Murphy, John. Brigham Univeristy. January 18, 2005. <http://www2.tcu.edu/depts/prs/amwest/pdf/wl0686.pdf>
"Her experience of a western setting with more than a geologic past, with historical treasures like those of Greece and Rome, enabled her to see her won prairie country with new eyes when she stopped there on her way back East."
Willa Cather. Murphy, John. Brigham Univeristy. January 18, 2005. <http://www2.tcu.edu/depts/prs/amwest/pdf/wl0686.pdf>
"Rather than merely providing a backdrop, the land is an active force in character."
Willa Cather. Murphy, John. Brigham Univeristy. January 18, 2005. <http://www2.tcu.edu/depts/prs/amwest/pdf/wl0686.pdf>
"Cather's first significant heroine might be said to be created by the prairie land itself."
Willa Cather. Murphy, John. Brigham Univeristy. January 18, 2005. <http://www2.tcu.edu/depts/prs/amwest/pdf/wl0686.pdf>
"The weatern land is linked to both the heroine's career, to which sexual fulfillment is sacrificed and the recognition of sexual desire."
Willa Cather. Murphy, John. Brigham Univeristy. January 18, 2005. <http://www2.tcu.edu/depts/prs/amwest/pdf/wl0686.pdf>
"Cather fuses frontier and artistic elements."
Willa Cather. Murphy, John. Brigham Univeristy. January 18, 2005. <http://www2.tcu.edu/depts/prs/amwest/pdf/wl0686.pdf>
"The heroine must develop personal dimension, become dependent and exhibit sexual need."
Willa Cather. Murphy, John. Brigham Univeristy. January 18, 2005. <http://www2.tcu.edu/depts/prs/amwest/pdf/wl0686.pdf>
"Cather leaves no doubt about where her own sympathies lie, departing from characterization and dialogue."
Willa Cather. Murphy, John. Brigham Univeristy. January 18, 2005.<http://www2.tcu.edu/depts/prs/amwest/pdf/wl0686.pdf>
"Her pessimism about the decline of the WEst will grow, but in her best fiction it will fuse with characterization."
Willa Cather. Murphy, John. Brigham Univeristy. January 18, 2005.<http://www2.tcu.edu/depts/prs/amwest/pdf/wl0686.pdf>
In My Antonia Cather tries to make an immigrant girl with an illegitimate baby into a symbol of the pioneer West.
Willa Cather. Murphy, John. Brigham Univeristy. January 18, 2005.<http://www2.tcu.edu/depts/prs/amwest/pdf/wl0686.pdf>
Pioneer husbands were men who were supposedly larger than life and faced epic challenges in opening up the West.
Willa Cather. Murphy, John. Brigham Univeristy. January 18, 2005.<http://www2.tcu.edu/depts/prs/amwest/pdf/wl0686.pdf>
A Lost Lady is an allegory of the West.
Willa Cather. Murphy, John. Brigham Univeristy. January 18, 2005.<http://www2.tcu.edu/depts/prs/amwest/pdf/wl0686.pdf>
Cather's visits to France reminded her of her Nebraska life.
Willa Cather. Murphy, John. Brigham Univeristy. January 18, 2005.<http://www2.tcu.edu/depts/prs/amwest/pdf/wl0686.pdf>
World War I and it's results caused Cather's work to expand.
Willa Cather. Murphy, John. Brigham Univeristy. January 18, 2005.<http://www2.tcu.edu/depts/prs/amwest/pdf/wl0686.pdf>
Cather tired to stay as true to real life facts as possible.
Willa Cather. Murphy, John. Brigham Univeristy. January 18, 2005.<http://www2.tcu.edu/depts/prs/amwest/pdf/wl0686.pdf>
"It took Cather a long time to arrive at a mature male who could find strenght in the land, as her early heroines had done instinctively."
Willa Cather. Murphy, John. Brigham Univeristy. January 18, 2005.<http://www2.tcu.edu/depts/prs/amwest/pdf/wl0686.pdf>
"Catholic rituals and customs had been increasingly apparent throughout her fiction, and somewhat reflective of her religios concern.
Willa Cather. Murphy, John. Brigham Univeristy. January 18, 2005.<http://www2.tcu.edu/depts/prs/amwest/pdf/wl0686.pdf>
Cather was confirmed in the Episcopal Chruch in 1922 but never became Catholic.
Willa Cather. Murphy, John. Brigham Univeristy. January 18, 2005.<http://www2.tcu.edu/depts/prs/amwest/pdf/wl0686.pdf>
Death Comes for the Archbishop was the book that brought Cather's career together; it was nearly perfect.
Willa Cather. Murphy, John. Brigham Univeristy. January 18, 2005.<http://www2.tcu.edu/depts/prs/amwest/pdf/wl0686.pdf>
Death Come for the Archebishop increases the dimensions of western literatue.
Willa Cather. Murphy, John. Brigham Univeristy. January 18, 2005.<http://www2.tcu.edu/depts/prs/amwest/pdf/wl0686.pdf>
Cather's writing can be compared to that of Twain, Cooper, and Wister.
Willa Cather. Murphy, John. Brigham Univeristy. January 18, 2005.<http://www2.tcu.edu/depts/prs/amwest/pdf/wl0686.pdf>
Being in the 1930's Cather begins to write from the perspective of a senior citizen.
Willa Cather. Murphy, John. Brigham University. January 18, 2005.<http://www2.tcu.edu/depts/prs/amwest/pdf/wl0686.pdf>
Although Cather is not buried in Nebraska her headstone reads of her home land.
Willa Cather. Murphy, John. Brigham University. January 18, 2005.<http://www2.tcu.edu/depts/prs/amwest/pdf/wl0686.pdf>
Cather's writing spanned from New Mexico, Arizona, Quebec and France.
Willa Cather. Murphy, John. Brigham University. January 18, 2005.<http://www2.tcu.edu/depts/prs/amwest/pdf/wl0686.pdf>
"Her vision ranged from pessimism and despair to constant delight in nature and the arts."
Willa Cather. Murphy, John. Brigham University. January 18, 2005.<http://www2.tcu.edu/depts/prs/amwest/pdf/wl0686.pdf>
Cather wrote much about faith in the survival of humanity.