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When and Where was Willa Cather born?
Willa Cather was born on December 7, 1873 in Back Creek Valley.
In this year, Cather and her family moved in with her grandparents.
The year 1883.
Cather graduated from this highschool in 1890.
Red Cloud High School
In 1892, Cather published her short story, "Peter" in the Boston magazine which later became part of her novel..
My Antonia
After Cather finished her term at UNL in 1895, she returned home until she was asked to edit ______
Home Monthly
Cather met this woman who inspired her to write about Nebraska.
Sara Orne
After 1912, Cather quit this writing job so that she could have her own writing time
McClure
In 1913, Cather published this novel.
O Pioneer
In 1923, Cather won the Pulitzer Prize for this novel.
One of Ours
In 1923, Cather published this novel
A Lost Lady
Cather's main focus of her writings was ___
The death of the pioneering tradition, as well as the destruction of provincial life.
In 1925, Cather wrote ___
A Professor's House
In 1927, Cather wrote ______
My Mortal Enemy
In 1927, Cather wrote ____
Death comes for the Archbishop
Cather died on
April 24, 1947
Cather ordered these to be burned at the time of her death
Her letters
Cather was born in this state
New Hampshire
Cather was a writer and (2 other jobs)
journalist and critic
Her father worked at a loan and insurance office.
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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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Published "On the Divide" in 1896
Taught English and Latin in Pittsburgh high schools in 1901
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Cather visited this continent in 1902
Europe
"April Twilights", a collection of poetry, is published in 1903.
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"The Troll Garden", a short story collection, is published in 1905
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Cather writes "The Bohemian Girl" in 1911.
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Cather visits the Southwest for the first time and she "discovers herself"
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This place made her think of Nebraska and its mixture of native and immigrant cultures
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Visits Mesa Verde in Colorado in 1915
Publishes "The Song of the Lark" in 1915
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Meets her old friend Annie Sadilek Pavelka in 1915
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Publishes short story collection "Youth and the Bright Medusa" in 1920
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Before Cather lived in Red Cloud, known to be the only town she lived in, she lived in the county of Webster
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Many of the people written about in Cather's writing were based on her aqaintances in Red Cloud
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While attending the University of Nebraska, Cather was a drama critic for the Lincoln journal.
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Cather worked for Home Monthly and the Daily Leader in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and later taught English and Latin at Allegheny, Pennsylvania.
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Cather's novel, A Lost Lady, was made into a silent movie in 1925 and premiered in Red Cloud, Nebraska.
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Cather won the Gold Metal of the National Institute of Arts and Letters.
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Cather's novel, A Lost Lady, was made into a silent movie in 1925 and premiered in Red Cloud, Nebraska.
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Cather's frustration with modern society and the sense of spiritual decay were reflected when she entered the Episcopal Church in 1922.
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This change is seen in her novel, Death Comes for the Archbishop.
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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.
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Cather's critical view of the present versus the past became more and more acknowledged, as she grew older.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Cather’s style is very condensed, almost minimalist – she often described her work as "unfurnished" – which gives a sense of ‘top of the iceberg’ quality.
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Cather was the eldest child of seven.
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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.
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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.
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Cather also wrote extensively about her own writing.
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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.
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Cather speaks of nature, but she also writes the most intimate pictures of the inner setting - the heart, the soul, the home.
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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.
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From her college years on, Cather wrote short stories and poetry; her first published book was a collection of verse, April Twilights (1903)
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Cather was influenced by the prose of the American regional writer Sarah Orne Jewett.
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Cather's carefully crafted prose conveys vivid pictures of the American landscape and the people it molded.
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Cather's carefully crafted prose conveys vivid pictures of the American landscape and the people it molded.
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Cather's work often comments on the arts - on music, on painting, on all expressions of the impulse to create.
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Her work is sometimes romantic, sometimes naturalistic, but always, it compels discussion and thought.
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Cather's work is not so much about "the prairie" but about the humans who lived there, and the human relationships that followed.
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Cather speaks of nature, but she also writes the most intimate pictures of the inner setting - the heart, the soul, the home.
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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
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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)
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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.
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Death Comes for the Archbishop is consdered Cather's greatest novel (1927)
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Cather creates strong, determined female characters, many of whom encounter difficulty relating to a society that expects women to be dependent on others.
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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.
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Willa Cather is one of the most interesting women writers in American literary history.
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Both a teacher, a journalist and a critic as well as a writer, Cather plays an important part in the shaping of American modernist thought and writings.
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Her style of writing is condensed and subtle, but nonetheless tremendously expressive
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1896 - She takes an editorial job at the magazine Home Monthly in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and writes reviews for the Pittsburgh Leader
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1902 - Willa Cather travels in Europe with Isabella McClung
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1903 - Cather publishes a book of poetry, April Twilights, and meets Edith Lewis.
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1903 - Cather publishes a book of poetry, April Twilights, and meets Edith Lewis.
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1905 - She publishes a collection of short stories The Troll Garden.
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1908 - Cather meets and befriends New Hampshire regional writer Sarah Orne Jewett, who becomes a great inspiration for her later works. She also begins to share an apartment with Edith Lewis, and they live together until her death.
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1912 - Publication of her first novel - Alexander's Bridge.
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1920 - The short story collection Youth and the Bright Medusa is published.
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1922 - Cather publishes One of Ours for which she receives the Pulitzer Prize for fiction from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She also joins the Episcopal Church and her literary focus alters considerably. She later writes that in this year, the world broke in two for her.
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1930 - Willa Cather gets the Howells Medal from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters for Death Comes for the Archbishop.
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"It is the inexplicable presence of the thing not named, of the overtone divined by the ear, but not heard by it, the verbal mood, the emotional aura of the fact or the thing or the deed, that gives high quality to the novel or drama, as well to the poetry itself."
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"It is the inexplicable presence of the thing not named, of the overtone divined by the ear, but not heard by it, the verbal mood, the emotional aura of the fact or the thing or the deed, that gives high quality to the novel or drama, as well to the poetry itself."
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After moving to Pittsburgh Cather met and fell in love with a 16 year old girl, Cather was in her twenties.
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After moving to Pittsburgh Cather met and fell in love with a 16 year old girl, Cather was in her twenties.
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The girl, Isabelle McClung, later married a man, but Cather and McClung kept in touch over the next 40 years. According to Quistory, Cather's heart belonged to McClung for the rest of her life, even though Cather's closest relationship was with her lifetime companion, an editor by the name of Edith Lewis. The two lived together in Greenwich Village for forty years, until their deaths. They arranged to be buried together when they died.
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1874: Willow ShadeCather and her parents join her paternal grandparents, William and Caroline, at their farmhouse, Willow Shade, between Back Creek Valley and Winchester, Virginia. The elder Cathers relocate to Nebraska in 1877.
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1883: NebraskaIn April Cather's family joins her paternal grandparents on their farm in Nebraska, on a broad plateau between the Little Blue and Republican rivers known as "The Divide." The move helps to shape Cather's perspective on the American pioneer experience.
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1884: Red CloudThe Cathers relocate to a small town in the midst of rough prairie. Here Cather meets Annie Sadilek, on whom she models Ántonia in My Ántonia.
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1890: High School GraduationAs valedictorian of Red Cloud High School, Cather gives the commencement address "Superstition vs. Investigation," on the importance of scientific investigation throughout history.
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1895: College Graduation
When Cather graduates from the University of Nebraska, she becomes one of the few women at that time to achieve a college education.
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1891: University of Nebraska
In the fall, Cather begins classes at the university and serves as literary editor of the student newspaper, The Hesperian.
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Bibliography
"Willa Siebert Cather." Willa Cather. 18 Jan. 2005 <http://www.nde.state.ne.us/SS/notables/
cather.html>.
Bibliography
Lindhard, Anne. Willa Cather Site. 13 Jan. 2002. 19 Jan. 2005 <http://fp.image.dk/fpemarxlind/>.