Willa Cather

Author: Willa Cather

Profile: Published Texts: Wilella Sibert Cather better known as Willa Cather was an American writer. She achieved appreciation for her novels of frontier life on The Song of the Lark, the Great Plains, My Antonia and O Pioneers! She was born in Gore, Virginia, United States and died in Park Avenue, United States.

 

She shifted to frontier Nebraska from Virginia with her family, grew up with immigrants from Europe including Russians, Swedes, Germans and Bohemians who were breaking the Great Plains land. She displayed her talent in story writing and journalism at the University of Nebraska. She graduated in the year 1895 and worked as drama and music editor and copy editor later, besides teaching as well. She was appointed as managing editor of the New York muckraking monthly, McClure’s after which she published her first short stories collection, The Troll Garden. She dedicated herself completely towards writing novels from 1912.

Writing style: Willa Cather was well known for her portrayals of the frontier life and the settlers on the American plains.

Nonfiction

1993 – The Life of Mary Baker G. Eddy and the History of Christian Science

1936 – Not Under Forty (essays)

1949 – On Writing

Novels

1912 – Alexander’s Bridge

1913 – O Pioneers!

1915 – The Song of the Lark

1918 – My Antonia

1922 – One of Ours

1923 – A Lost Lady

1925 – The Professor’s House

1926 – My Mortal Enemy

1927 – Death Comes for the Archbishop

1931 – Shadows on the Rock

1935 – Lucy Gayheart

1940 – Sapphira and the Slave Girl

Essays and Articles

1920 – On the Art of Fiction, The Borzoi

Collections

1903 – April Twilights (poetry)

1905 – The Troll Garden (short stories)

1908 – A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays (short stories)

1920 – Youth and the Bright Medusa (short stories)

1932 – Obscure Destinies (three stories)

1936 – Not Under Forty

1948 – The Old Beauty and Others

1949 – Willa Cather: On Writing

1956 – Five Stories

2013 – The Selected Letters of Willa Cather

Documentary

The subject of the 2005 PBS documentary Willa Cather: The Road Is All was Willa Cather

Awards and Acknowledgements:

1955 – The Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial and Educational Foundation was founded (to support the study of her work and life and maintain many sites in Red Cloud, Nebrasa, her hometown)

1962 – Willa Cather was elected to the Nebraska Hall of Fame

1973 – Willa Cather was honored by the U.S. Postal Service by issuing a stamp bearing her image

1974 – Willa Cather was inducted into the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Hall of Great Westerners

1981 – The Willa Cather half-ounce gold medallion was created by the U.S. Mint

1986 – Cather was inducted into the Hall of Fame and National Cowgirl Museum

1988 – Cather was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame

1992 – A part of the film Nitrate Kisses in 1992 focuses on Cathers’ story who destroyed a number of papers and personal letters before her death. The argument presented in the film was that Willa Cather was covering up evidence of lesbianism.

2000 – Willa Cather was named member of the inaugural class of Virginia Women in History

2006 – A National Endowment of Humanities grant was granted to the Willa Cather Foundation for developing its work

2011 – Cather was inducted into the New York Writers Hall of Fame

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