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Willa Cather lived in the state of Nebraska from 1883 to 1906.
"Willa Siebert Cather." Willa Cather. 18 Jan. 2005 <http://www.nde.state.ne.us/SS/notables/
cather.html>.
Before Cather lived in Red Cloud, known to be the only town she lived in, she lived in the the county of Webster
"Willa Siebert Cather." Willa Cather. 18 Jan. 2005 <http://www.nde.state.ne.us/SS/notables/
cather.html>.
Many of the people written about in Cather's writing were based on her aqaintances in Red Cloud
"Willa Siebert Cather." Willa Cather. 18 Jan. 2005 <http://www.nde.state.ne.us/SS/notables/
cather.html>.
Many of the scenery described so vivedly in Cather's writing were based on the city of Red Cloud.
"Willa Siebert Cather." Willa Cather. 18 Jan. 2005 <http://www.nde.state.ne.us/SS/notables/
cather.html>.
While attending the University of Nebraska, Cather was a drama critic for the Lincoln journal.
"Willa Siebert Cather." Willa Cather. 18 Jan. 2005 <http://www.nde.state.ne.us/SS/notables/
cather.html>.
Cather worked for Home Monthly and the Daily Leader in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and later taught English and Latin at Allegheny, Pennsylvania.
"Willa Siebert Cather." Willa Cather. 18 Jan. 2005 <http://www.nde.state.ne.us/SS/notables/
cather.html>.
Upon moving to New York, Cather became the leading magazine editor of McClure's Magazines.
"Willa Siebert Cather." Willa Cather. 18 Jan. 2005 <http://www.nde.state.ne.us/SS/notables/
cather.html>.
After graduating from the University of Nebraska in 1895, Cather continued her education and recieved a doctorate of letters at the University in 1917.
"Willa Siebert Cather." Willa Cather. 18 Jan. 2005 <http://www.nde.state.ne.us/SS/notables/
cather.html>.
Cather also recieved honorary degrees from the University of Michigan, the University of California, and from Columbia, Yale, and Princeton.
"Willa Siebert Cather." Willa Cather. 18 Jan. 2005 <http://www.nde.state.ne.us/SS/notables/
cather.html>.
Cather won the Gold Metal of the National Institute of Arts and Letters.
"Willa Siebert Cather." Willa Cather. 18 Jan. 2005 <http://www.nde.state.ne.us/SS/notables/
cather.html>.
Cather's novel, A Lost Lady, was made into a silent movie in 1925 and premiered in Red Cloud, Nebraska.
"Willa Siebert Cather." Willa Cather. 18 Jan. 2005 <http://www.nde.state.ne.us/SS/notables/
cather.html>.
Another movie version of A Lost Lady was made in 1934.
"Willa Siebert Cather." Willa Cather. 18 Jan. 2005 <http://www.nde.state.ne.us/SS/notables/
cather.html>.
In 1961, Cather was the first woman voted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame.
"Willa Siebert Cather." Willa Cather. 18 Jan. 2005 <http://www.nde.state.ne.us/SS/notables/
cather.html>.
Cather was inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners in Olklahoma City, Olklahoma in 1974
"Willa Siebert Cather." Willa Cather. 18 Jan. 2005 <http://www.nde.state.ne.us/SS/notables/
cather.html>.
Cather was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame at Seneca, New York in 1988.
"Willa Siebert Cather." Willa Cather. 18 Jan. 2005 <http://www.nde.state.ne.us/SS/notables/
cather.html>.
Willa Cather published her first novel, Alexander's Bridge, in 1912
"Biography Willa Cather." Willa Cather. 18 Jan. 2005 <http://fp.image.dk/fpemarxlind/
biography.htm#Debut:%20heroic%20women>.
Cather never had any romantic interest in men and her emotional life centered around women, but the women in her novels mostly seen in the eyes of men.
"Biography Willa Cather." Willa Cather. 18 Jan. 2005 <http://fp.image.dk/fpemarxlind/
biography.htm#Debut:%20heroic%20women>.
Cather lived with Edith Lewis, another Nebraskan whom she had met in 1903.
"Biography Willa Cather." Willa Cather. 18 Jan. 2005 <http://fp.image.dk/fpemarxlind/
biography.htm#Debut:%20heroic%20women>.
Cather become distressed with the world around her and was troubled by the growing mechanization and mass-produced quality of American society.
"Biography Willa Cather." Willa Cather. 18 Jan. 2005 <http://fp.image.dk/fpemarxlind/
biography.htm#Debut:%20heroic%20women>.
Around the time of the year of 1922, Cather's writing took a new direction and become more concerned with fiding alternative values to the materialistic life she increasingly felt around her.
"Biography Willa Cather." Willa Cather. 18 Jan. 2005 <http://fp.image.dk/fpemarxlind/
biography.htm#Debut:%20heroic%20women>.
Both novels around this time, A Lost Lady (1923) and The Professor's House (1925)deal with spiritual and cultural crisis for the main characters.
"Biography Willa Cather." Willa Cather. 18 Jan. 2005 <http://fp.image.dk/fpemarxlind/
biography.htm#Debut:%20heroic%20women>.
Cather's frustration with modern society and the sense of spiritual decay were reflected when she entered the Episcopal Church in 1922.
"Biography Willa Cather." Willa Cather. 18 Jan. 2005 <http://fp.image.dk/fpemarxlind/
biography.htm#Debut:%20heroic%20women>.
In 1926, Cather's writing once again changes changes themes resulting in the vanished past of the American southwest where nature and Christianity is opposed to modern urban life and society.
"Biography Willa Cather." Willa Cather. 18 Jan. 2005 <http://fp.image.dk/fpemarxlind/
biography.htm#Debut:%20heroic%20women>.
This change is seen in her novel, Death Comes for the Archbishop.
"Biography Willa Cather." Willa Cather. 18 Jan. 2005 <http://fp.image.dk/fpemarxlind/
biography.htm#Debut:%20heroic%20women>.
Cather's critical view of the present versus the past became more and more acknowledged as she grew older.
"Biography Willa Cather." Willa Cather. 18 Jan. 2005 <http://fp.image.dk/fpemarxlind/
biography.htm#Debut:%20heroic%20women>.
Alongside her fictional writing, Cather was also an accomplished literary critic who produced an extensive body of critical work on the nature of art and its function in life.
"Biography Willa Cather." Willa Cather. 18 Jan. 2005 <http://fp.image.dk/fpemarxlind/
biography.htm#Debut:%20heroic%20women>.
Generally, Cather's main focus is the description of character over plot, but not at all with the same stress on subjectivity that characterized other women writers of the time.
"Biography Willa Cather." Willa Cather. 18 Jan. 2005 <http://fp.image.dk/fpemarxlind/
biography.htm#Debut:%20heroic%20women>.
Cather’s style is very condensed, almost minimalistic – she often described her work as "unfurnished" – which gives a sense of ‘top of the iceberg’ quality.
"Biography Willa Cather." Willa Cather. 18 Jan. 2005 <http://fp.image.dk/fpemarxlind/
biography.htm#Debut:%20heroic%20women>.
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.
"Willa Cather Domestic Goddess." Willa Cather. 18 Jan. 2005 <http://www.womenwriters.net/
domesticgoddess/cather1.htm>.
Cather was the eldest child of seven.
"Willa Cather Domestic Goddess." Willa Cather. 18 Jan. 2005 <http://www.womenwriters.net/
domesticgoddess/cather1.htm>.
Cather understood the coming change between cultures; she saw the immigrant children moving away from the culture of their parents and into a kind of uneasy Americanism.
"Willa Cather Domestic Goddess." Willa Cather. 18 Jan. 2005 <http://www.womenwriters.net/
domesticgoddess/cather1.htm>.
Cather also wrote extensively about her own writing.
"Willa Cather Domestic Goddess." Willa Cather. 18 Jan. 2005 <http://www.womenwriters.net/
domesticgoddess/cather1.htm>.
Cather speaks of nature, but she also writes the most intimate pictures of the inner setting - the heart, the soul, the home.
"Willa Cather Domestic Goddess." Willa Cather. 18 Jan. 2005 <http://www.womenwriters.net/
domesticgoddess/cather1.htm>.
Much of the criticism of Cather in the past has focused on the primacy of landscape, including the Nebraska plains and New Mexico, in Cather's work.
"Willa Cather Domestic Goddess." Willa Cather. 18 Jan. 2005 <http://www.womenwriters.net/
domesticgoddess/cather1.htm>.
Cather's work is not so much about "the prairie" but about the humans who lived there, and the human relationships that followed.
"Willa Cather Domestic Goddess." Willa Cather. 18 Jan. 2005 <http://www.womenwriters.net/
domesticgoddess/cather1.htm>.
Cather's work often comments on the arts - on music, on painting, on all expressions of the impulse to create.
"Willa Cather Domestic Goddess." Willa Cather. 18 Jan. 2005 <http://www.womenwriters.net/
domesticgoddess/cather1.htm>.
Her work is sometimes romantic, sometimes naturalistic, but always, it compels discussion and thought.
"Willa Cather Domestic Goddess." Willa Cather. 18 Jan. 2005 <http://www.womenwriters.net/
domesticgoddess/cather1.htm>.
Cather's carefully crafted prose conveys vivid pictures of the American landscape and the people it molded.
"Willa Sibert Cather Encyclopedia Article." MSN Encarta. Online Education Info and Resources . 18
Jan. 2005 <http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_761571395/Cather_Willa_Sibert.html>.
Cather was influenced by the prose of the American regional writer Sarah Orne Jewett.
"Willa Sibert Cather Encyclopedia Article." MSN Encarta. Online Education Info and Resources . 18
Jan. 2005 <http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_761571395/Cather_Willa_Sibert.html>.
From her college years on, Cather wrote short stories and poetry; her first published book was a collection of verse, April Twilights (1903)
"Willa Sibert Cather Encyclopedia Article." MSN Encarta. Online Education Info and Resources . 18
Jan. 2005 <http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_761571395/Cather_Willa_Sibert.html>.
Cather's first published prose was a group of stories, The Troll Garden (1905).
"Willa Sibert Cather Encyclopedia Article." MSN Encarta. Online Education Info and Resources . 18
Jan. 2005 <http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_761571395/Cather_Willa_Sibert.html>.
In Cather's early books her theme is the contrast between encroaching urbanization and the achievements of the pioneers, such novels as One of Ours.
"Cather, Willa Sibert," Microsoft® Encarta® Online Encyclopedia 2005
http://encarta.msn.com © 1997-2005 Microsoft Corporation. All Rights Reserved
Cather creates strong, determined female characters, many of whom encounter difficulty relating to a society that expects women to be dependent on others.
"Cather, Willa Sibert," Microsoft® Encarta® Online Encyclopedia 2005
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Death Comes for the Archbishop is consdered Cather's greatest novel (1927)
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Cather reflected the other side of her experience--the struggle of a talent to emerge from the constricting life of the prairies and the stifling effects of small-town life.
"Willa Sibert Cather." Women in American Hisotry By Encyclopedia Britannica. 19 Jan. 2005
<http://womenshistory.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://search.eb.com/women/articles/
Cather%5FWilla%5FSibert.html>.
Cahter wrote of the pioneer spirit of another age, that of the French Catholic missionaries in the Southwest in Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927)
"Willa Sibert Cather." Women in American Hisotry By Encyclopedia Britannica. 19 Jan. 2005
<http://womenshistory.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://search.eb.com/women/articles/
Cather%5FWilla%5FSibert.html>.