Noted Authors

October 03, 1999

Willa Cather


Although Willa Cather is best known for her portrayal of frontier life on the American Plains, she was actually born in Winchester, Va. Cather was 9 years old when her family moved to Red Cloud, Neb.

After attending the University of Nebraska, Cather worked as a magazine editor and teacher and wrote poetry before moving on to write about her childhood home.

With "O Pioneers" and "My Antonia" she found her characteristic themes -- the spirit and courage of the fronteir. "One of Ours," which won the Pulitzer Prize, and "A Lost Lady" mourned the passing of the pioneer spirit.

-- Encyclopedia Britannica Online

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