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Willa Sibert Cather [1873-1947]—writer
–grew up in as part of a wealthy family in northern Virginia
–went to the University of Nebraska
–in 1891, as a freshman at the University of Nebraska, Cather writes an essay about Thomas Carlyle. It is published without her knowledge in the Nebraska State Journal in March.
–Cather becomes literary editor of the Hesperian, student publication of the University of Nebraska. She holds this position from 1892-1893. She’s then managing editor until graduation.
–worked as a reporter in Lincoln, Neb. and then in Pittsburgh
–was an arts critic
–Cather meets and begins a relationship with Isabelle McClung in 1899.
–In 1901 Cather takes a teaching job at a Pittsburgh high school and moves in with Isabelle McClung at the home of McClung’s parents.
–taught high school from 1901-1906.
–At 40, her famous novel O Pioneers was published in 1913.
–also wrote My Antonia , The Song of the Lark  and the Pulitzer-prize winning One of Ours  among many others.
–Cather wrote about independent female protagonists in her book and included themes of frontier development and explored the idea of the small town and what it did to crush individuality.
–In 1929, Cather was elected to the National Institute of Arts and Letters.
–On April 24, 1947 — Cather dies from a cerebral hemorrhage in New York City and is buried four days later in Jaffrey, New Hampshire.
–One of my favorite classic writers [though I can’t believe I still haven’t read her Pulitzer Prize winning novel, One of Ours.
--While known for her sweeping depictions of life on the Midwestern prairie, Cather on spent her early childhood there.
--Cather grew up in a well-to-do family in the farm country of northern Virginia.
--She went to school in Nebraska and graduated from high school in 1891. She then went to the University of Nebraska. A professor liked her writing so much, one of her stories was sent to a Boston magazine.
--Cather worked as a reporter at a Lincoln newspaper and then in Pittsburgh for a magazine and then a newspaper. She never returned to the Midwest.
--Attention struggling writers and late bloomers! O Pioneers [1913) got published when Cather was 40. She followed that with my all-time favorite Cather novel The Song of the Lark  and then My Antonia . Her WWI book, One of Ours , won the Pulitzer Prize.
–Cather was elected to the National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1929.
–What I adore about her work, besides the divine physical descriptions of the Midwest, is that Cather writes about strong-willed, independent women.
Source: American Women’s History by Doris Weatherford