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20 Cards in this Set

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1915: The Song of the Lark
Cather combines her own experience with that of opera singer Olive Fremstad in this portrait of a female artist's struggle and success.
1916: Red Cloud
On a visit home, Cather is inspired to write a new novel, which will become My Ántonia, a story of an immigrant woman's struggles in late 19th-century Nebraska.
1917: Letters from the front
Moved by the letters her cousin G.P. Cather wrote to his mother before he was killed in action in World War I, Cather resolves to make him the subject of her next novel, One of Ours.
1918: My Ántonia
After spending 1917 in New Hampshire writing the book that will become her most famous work, Cather publishes My Ántonia, which is known for its vivid descriptions of the vast prairie landscape.
1920: Meets Alfred A. Knopf
Cather introduces herself to publisher and editor Alfred A. Knopf, and they begin a 27-year publishing partnership.
1921: One of Ours
One of Ours is Cather's first book published by Knopf. Based on her cousin's experience in World War I, the novel contrasts the harsh realities of farm life with the cultural world of Europe.
1923: Pulitzer Prize
One of Ours receives the Pulitzer Prize in fiction and establishes Cather as one of America's foremost female writers.
A Lost Lady
First serialized in Century, A Lost Lady appears in book form. Based on the life of a former "great lady" of Red Cloud, the novel tells of a talented woman whose personal transformation mirrors that of the American frontier.
1925: The Professor's House
First serialized in Collier's, The Professor's House continues Cather's exploration of the role of place in an artist's life.
Santa Fe
On a visit to Santa Fe, Cather discovers a 1908 book about Archbishop Lamy of New Mexico and his vicar Father Machebeuf, which becomes the inspiration for Death Comes for the Archbishop.
A Lost Lady film
Warner Brothers acquires the screen rights to A Lost Lady for $10,000. Irene Rich and George Fawcett star in the silent production.
1927: Death Comes for the Archbishop
Cather's most popular work yet, this novel is considered emblematic of her new focus on moral and spiritual concerns.
1930: Howells Medal
The American Academy of Arts and Letters, honors Cather for Death Comes for the Archbishop.
1931: Shadows on the Rock
A visit to Quebec is the genesis for Shadows on the Rock. Juxtaposing the New World with the Old, the novel returns to themes Cather first addressed in One of Ours.
1933: Prix Femina Etranger
Cather receives the French literary prize honoring foreign works for Shadows on the Rock, which chronicles French immigrants in Quebec.
1935: Lucy Gayheart
In this novel, Cather returns to a theme she explored in The Song of the Lark: the price a woman pays for artistic expression.
1940: Sapphira and the Slave Girl
While at Grand Manan Island, Maine, Cather finishes this novel set during the final years of slavery in the Shenandoah Valley of Cather's early childhood.
1944: Gold Medal
Cather receives a gold medal from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, founded in 1898 to further literature and the fine arts in the United States.
1948: The Old Beauty and Others
Cather's final collection of three short stories is published posthumously by Knopf.
Outside her family, she enjoyed a number of close friendships, the longest and most intense with Isabelle McClung, a wealthy Pittsburgh socialite who became Cather's reader and muse, and with Edith Lewis, a fellow Nebraskan with whom Cather lived until her death on April 24, 1947, from a cerebral hemorrhage.