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1. http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=9959357
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I n an 1894 review of a production of Uncle Tom's Cabin, Willa Cather readily, if not objectively, rose to the defense of her Southrn heritage, calling the play "exaggerated, overdrawn, abounding in facts but lacking in truth," much like the book
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true to her contradictory nature, Willa Cather could also be extremely critical of the South, revealing a marked "distaste for the polite conventions and ritual blather of genteel southern society
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to cather The West was the New World, a prelapsarian condition that afforded new beginnings.
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Her first published story "Peter" tells of the suicide of a dispossessed Bohemian musician living on the Divide with his large family and success-driven son
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The grim details of the suicide would later appear in My Ántonia, suggesting the incident's strong emotional and psychological impact on Cather's imagination.
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By the 1920s, the emphasis in Southern literature was still on the agrarian way of life rather than on modern industrialization.
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Like her ancestors, Cather too was deeply interested in the past, absorbing family histories from her father at an early age
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Cather relied on numerous historical sources 1 and on the information she gathered from her five trips to the Southwest to enhance the credibility of her fictional world.
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Charles Cather had been toying with the idea of coming West ever since Willa, his first child, was born in 1873
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When the cather's moved to Red Cloud in the fall of 1884, Willa's first playmate was Mary Miner, the merchant's second daughter
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Willa had been ill, with what may have been infantile paralysis, before the family moved from the country, and she was supposed to use a crutch, but she soon threw it away and learned to walk as well as anyone.
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In adult life walking was one of her favorite pastimes.
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the red cloud to which Willa came in the fall of 1884 was a thirteen-year-old village of about 2,500 people
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Cather's feeling for the earth, the grasslands and the trees of Nebraska was responsible for the flavor of her best novels.
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cather was not an immigrant pioneer, yet she wrote O Pioneers and My Ántonia
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cather was not a Catholic, yet she wrote Death Comes for the Archbishop and Shadows on the Rock
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she was not a musician, yet she wrote Song of the Lark and Lucy Gayheart
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She was not a man yet she wrote two of her books and several of her stories from a masculine viewpoint.
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Willa Cather knew personal conflict
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She was a free thinker
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in an interview published in the Omha World-Herald ( 1984), Susan J. Rosowski and Mildred Bennett advocate Cather's heterosexuality and maintain that her interest in other women was nothing more than school-girl crushes
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O Pioneers! is Cather's declaration of independence as a female artist
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Cather's first three novels are definitely fiction in which the artist has not yet found her mature artistic voice
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For My Ántonia , as she said in 1925, she wanted to show "the other side of the rug, the pattern that is supposed not to count in a story
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i knew I'd ruin my material if I put it in the usual fictional pattern/ in response to My Antonia
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In offering the other side of the rug in My Ántonia , Cather concentrates not upon artistic struggle but upon the more primitive struggle for human survival.
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In 1925 Cather tacitly dismissed My Ántonia as a masterpiece when she claimed that One of Ours ( 1922) was the novel she liked "best" of all her novels because it "has more of value in it than any of the others
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One of Ours was the novel that made her independently wealthy and won the Pulitzer Prize
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--"one that all the high-brow critics knock" -One of Ours
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The five novels between One of Ours and Lucy Gayheart all avoid the Nebraska setting
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female writers a generation or two younger than Cather were characterized by the creative impulse to leave nothing private in their personal lives
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After Death Comes for the Archbishop , Cather did not publish another novel for four years
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After the 1920's The events of her life relative to the slowdown are familiar. Her health continued to be a problem, and she suffered from neuritis, influenza, depression, and sprained tendons in her right wrist that literally kept her from writing
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Her father died in 1928 and her mother in 1931
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The Depression, international unrest, and another impending world war added to her misery after her parents died
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Willa Cather arrived in Pittsburgh on 3 July 1896 and went to work as an assistant editor for the Home Monthly