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Cather, Willa Sibert


Born Dec. 7, 1876, in Winchester, Va.; died Apr. 24, 1947, in New York. American writer.

Cather, in the novels O Pioneers! (1913) and My Antonia (1918), depicted the rigorous life of immigrant farmers in Nebraska, expressing admiration for their integrity. Her critical attitude toward the “prosperity” of the 20th century was expressed both in novels devoted to contemporary times (The Professor’s House, 1925) and in the historical novel Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927).


The Novels and Stories, vols. 1–13. Boston, 1937–41.
The World and the Parish, vols. 1–2. Lincoln, Neb., 1970.
In Russian translation:
“Pokhorony skul’ptora.” In Amerikanskaia novella XX v. Moscow, 1958.


Elistratova, A. A. “Uilla Kezer. (Sotsial’naia satira i fermerskaia utopiia.) In the collection Problemy literatury SShA XX v. Moscow, 1970.
Willa Cather and Her Critics. Ithaca, N.Y. [1967]. (Bibliography.)
Woodress, J. Willa Cather: Her Life and Art. New York, 1970. (Bibliography, pp. 270–282.)
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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It has been the happiness and the curse of my life" (The World of Willa Cather 140).
I explored three digital archives of women's writing: Women Writer's Online, the Willa Cather Archive, and the Orlando Project.
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(1) Willa Cather, will dated April 29, 1943, Paragraph Seventh.
(22.) See Willa Cather, The World and the Parish: Willa Cattier's Articles and Reviews, 1893-1902, ed.
Seeking Life Whole is a collaboration between Lucy Marks, a librarian at Drew University, the repository of an important Willa Cather collection and, since 2002, of a rich archive of Earl and Achsah Brewster materials, and David Porter, the author of On the Divide: The Many Lives of Willa Cather (2008).
In a 1921 interview for Bookman magazine, Willa Cather said, "I decided not to 'write' at all,--simply to give myself up to the pleasure of recapturing in memory people and places I'd forgotten." Although written, in part, when Cather was living in New York and Pittsburgh with socialite Isabelle McClung (throughout her life, Cather's most significant relationships were with women, and she never married), the novel, the first in the Prairie Trilogy (followed by The Song of the Lark [1915] and My Antonia [1918]), contains fictionalized memories of Cather's childhood: the uneasy relationship between the individual and society; the social isolation and loneliness; the promise and perils of the land; and the obstacles faced by immigrant families.
"It means getting at the meaning of all things; it means reaching climaxes; it means moral and spiritual and physical all in one." Of imagination, Willa Cather had this to say: "Imagination, which is a quality writers must have, does not mean the ability to weave pretty stories out of nothing.
In Willa Cather's My Antonia, Jim Burden describes the prairie winters "with little snow, when the whole country is stripped bare and grey as sheet-iron." Every time I read that sentence, I think of my father's funeral and the iron-cold silence.