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About Willa Cather

About Willa Cather

Willa Cather is one of the most important American novelists of the first half of the twentieth century. Seen as a regional writer for decades after her passing in 1947, critics have increasingly identified Cather as a canonical American writer, the peer of authors like Hemingway, Faulkner and Wharton. The author of 12 novels, 6 collections of short fiction, 2 editions of her book of poetry, April Twilights, and 9 works of nonfiction and collected journalism, speeches, and letters.

Born in Virginia in 1873, Cather settled in Webster County, Nebraska, in 1883. Though she lived the rest of her life in Pittsburgh and New York and traveled extensively, Cather's depictions of the Nebraska prairie and farming communities were important milestones in American literature. "Miss Cather is Nebraska's foremost citizen," wrote author and Nobel Prize-winner Sinclair Lewis. "The United States knows Nebraska because of Willa Cather's books."