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Works Sited
http://cather.unl.edu/
http://www.gustavus.edu/oncampus/academics/english/cather/
http://www.geocities.com/Wellesley/3005/Catherintro.html
http://willacather.org/aboutcather.htm
http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/wcather.htm
http://www.underthesun.cc/Classics/Cather/
Willa Sibert Cather
born December 7, 1873 near Winchester, Virginia
Where did she attend college?
Willa Cather attended college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Which magazine did Cather work for when she moved to New York City?
She worked on the editorial staff of McClure's Magazine.
In what year did she win the pulitzer prize for One of Ours?
1923
When did Cather die?
April 24, 1947
Quote
The history of every country begins in the heart of a man or a woman. O Pioneers!
Quote
Where there is great love there are always miracles.
family background
born on 7 December 1873 in Back Creek Valley (a small farming community close to the Blue Ridge Mountains) in Virginia. She was the eldest child of Charles Cather (deputy Sheriff) and Mary Virginia Boak Cather. The first Cathers originally came from Ireland to Pennsylvania in the 1750's.
1884
Cather's family moved to Red Cloud, a railroad town nearby. Her father opened his own loan and insurance office.
1884
Willa meets the girl annie Sadilek in Red Cloud- who later becomes the character Antonia in My Antonia
1892
Publishes her short story "Peter" in a Boston magazine. It later becomes part of My Antonia.
1901
Teaches English and Latin in Pittsburgh high schools.
1903
April Twilights (poems) published.
1908
Meets Sarah Orne Jewett, local colorist from Maine, who later inspired Willa to write about Nebraska.
1912
Alexander’s Bridge published. For the first time Cather visits the Southwest, where she "discovers herself".
1913
Publishes O Pioneers!
1915
Cather visits the Southwest, Wyoming and Nebraska and meets her old friend Annie Sadilek Pavelka again. (My Antonia)
1917
Writes My Antonia in New Hampshire and publishes the book the following year.
1923
A Lost Lady published.
1930
Awarded the Howells medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters for Death comes for the Archbishop.
1947
Willa Cather dies 24 April and was buried in New Hampshire.
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She came to Pittsburgh in 1895, upon graduation from the University of Nebraska, because she was fond of music and believed she could satisfy her desire for concerts and intellectual companionship in the "city of steel."
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She was well-liked by the pupils, he said, who found inspiration in the breezy, western way she had with people. She dressed plainly in tailored clothes, he said, and always wore her hair parted Madonna-like in the middle.
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Allegheny High School in 1901, she became head of the English department.
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When she was young in Nebraska- she was thought of as a tomboy
1932
Awarded Prix Femina Americaine for distinguished literary accomplishment
1944
Gold Medal of the National Institute of Arts and Letters
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There are tour's of Cather's town in Red Cloud- displaying her house and other structures in her life
books
Six of her twelve novels are set in the Red Cloud and Webster County of her youth
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Cather once said that she belonged to a world that had split in two and, as a woman of two centuries-- the conservative nineteenth and the twentieth-- she certainly bridged quite a gap.
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Cather was home schooled for a while before attending Red Cloud High School
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She preferred to dress in men's clothing and as a teenager she began signing her name "William Cather, Jr." and later Dr. Will."
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often struggled with her sexual identity
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Cather was also active in community theater productions and often took male roles
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At the age of fifteen she was in charge of the local newspaper for three months - her father had foreclosed a mortgage on the newspaper, and because he was not a journalist, he left the paper to Willa.
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she never married but in later life in New York she found a lifelong companion, Edith Lewis. In
APRIL TWILIGHTS
her only volume of poetry
quote
"There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before." (from O Pioneers!, 1913)
Cather's last novel
SAPPHIRA AND THE SLAVE (1940)
1961
Cather was the first woman voted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame
1974
She was inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
1988
She was inducted into the National Women`s Hall of Fame at Seneca, New York.