Cather on the Cover of Time Magazine 1931
Cather on the Cover of Time Magazine 1931

Honors and Achievements

The Pulitzer Prize & More

“Miss Cather is rather a specialty . . . we have nothing better than she is. She takes so much pains to conceal her sophistication that it is easy to miss her quality.”

—Wallace Stevens

  • Awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1923 for One of Ours
  • Earned a Gold Medal from the National Institute of Arts and Letters (1944)
  • Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters 
  • Received a William Dean Howells medal for Death Comes for the Archbishop (1930) 
  • Awarded the Prix Femina Américain for her depiction of French culture within North America in Shadows on the Rock (1933)
  • Received a Mark Twain Award
  • Spotlighted with novels appearing on the 100 greatest novel lists for Time, the New York Times, and Publisher’s Weekly
  • Received honorary degrees from Columbia, Creighton, Princeton, Yale, Smith College, and the Universities of California, Michigan, and Nebraska
  • The Library of Congress included My Ántonia on its list of 100 novels that shaped America
  • Inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame (1962) and New York State Writers Hall of Fame (2011)
  • Honored by the United States Postal Service with a postage stamp bearing her image (1973)
  • Honored by the United States Mint with the creation of a Willa Cather half-ounce gold medallion (1981)
  • Commemorated in the National Statuary Hall Collection of the U.S. Capitol (2023)