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Willa Cather
Birth: Dec. 7, 1873
Gore
Frederick County
Virginia, USA
Death: Apr. 24, 1947
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Author. Born in Virginia, she moved with her family to Webster County, Nebraska at the age of nine. There she lived among the immigrant families that became the inspiration for the frontier settlers in her writings. She graduated from Red Cloud High School in 1890, and then enrolled in the University of Nebraska. While attending the university, she worked as a drama critic for The Lincoln Journal. She received her degree in 1895, and at that time moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and worked for Home Monthly and The Daily Leader and later taught English and Latin in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. Her first book was a poetry collection, "April Twilights" (1903), followed by a short story collection, "The Troll Garden" (1905). She then moved to New York to work for McClure's magazine from 1906 to 1912, where she became managing editor. Encouraged by colleagues, she turned to writing full time. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1923 for her book "One of Ours". Other works include, "Alexander's Bridge" (1912), "O Pioneers!" (1913), "My Antonia" (1918), "A Lost Lady" (1923), "The Professor's House" (1925), "My Mortal Enemy" (1926), "Death Comes for the Archbishop" (1927), "Shadows on the Rock" (1931), "Lucy Gayheart" (1935), and "Sapphira and the Slave Girl" (1940). Other literary awards she earned include the Howell's Medal from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1930, and the Gold Medal of the National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1944. She is known for her narratives of the pioneer American West, her writings a celebration of the strength and courage of the frontier settlers.

The Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial and Educational Foundation, 326 North Webster Street, Red Cloud, Nebraska 68970 conducts a tour of the home where she grew up, the train depot, a museum, and other locations. Most of the contents of the home were actually used by the Charles Cather family. The bookstore has a photo album containing pictures of Willa, her parents, and her grandfather. Many of Willa's books are available. Red Cloud, Nebraska is depicted in several books under another name.
 (bio by: Anonymous) 
 
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 Parents:
  Charles Fectique Cather (1848 - 1928)
  Mary Virginia Boak Cather (1850 - 1931)
 
 Siblings:
  Willa Cather (1873 - 1947)
  Roscoe Clark Cather (1877 - 1945)*
  James D Cather (1886 - 1966)*
  Elsie Margaret Cather (1890 - 1964)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Old Burying Ground
Jaffrey Center
Cheshire County
New Hampshire, USA
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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God bless this special lady. The first book I read of hers was My Antonia. A beautiful story. I loved it.
- Beverly Smith Harker
 Added: Sep. 2, 2014
I have read many of your books, but your best is Death Comes for the Archbishop. It is my favorite American novel. I admire your talent and sensitivity. Thank you and God rest your soul.
- Rosary Wanderer
 Added: Aug. 2, 2014
Willa, You were somewhat plain in your appearance, but you had a beautiful soul, and you wrote the most heartfelt prose, and proved again that you cannot judge a book by its cover. Of all the things I have loved in life, good books are very high on that ...(Read more)
- Em
 Added: May. 16, 2014
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