An Immense Career

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An Immense Career

Career Willa Cather, American novelist and short-story writer, was

born Willela Sibert Cather on 7 December 1873, in Back Creek Valley,

Virginia, near Winchester. At nine years of age, in 1883, her family

moved to Red Cloud, Nebraska. Many of her novels were set in Red

Cloud. She attended the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and graduated

in 1895. She spent a few years after college working on a newspaper,

and then worked an editorial job at the magazine Home Monthly in

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She then wrote reviews for the Pittsburgh

Leader. In 1903, she published a book of poetry, April Twilights, and

she moved to New York City in 1904. She met Edith Lewis the same year,

whom she later shares an apartment with in 1908, and they live

together until her death (The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia).

Next, she taught high school in Pittsburgh in 1895, then moved to NY

City to work on the editorial staff of McClure's magazine in 1906

(Crane: 218, 256). Ultimately, she saved McClure's magazine from

financial disaster, after she became managing editor (Columbia

Electronic Encyclopedia). In 1908, she befriends Sarah Orne Jewett, an

inspiration for Cather's later works (Crane, 198). Cather is most

widely recognized for her chronicles of western pioneer America. She

won the Pulitzer Prize in 1925 for One of Ours. Cather died 24 April

1947, at 73 years of age, and is buried in New Hampshire (Crane,

Editorial). Cather worked careers as a journalist, an editor, and a

fiction writer - but her first publication was a poetry collection,

April Twilights (1903).

The birthplace of her writing career was Pittsburgh, as Cather noted

(North Side: Willa Cather). She moved to New York City in 1904, an...

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..." Harvard University, June 1987.

Cather, Willa. O Pioneers, Willa Cather Scholarly Edition.

Rosowski,Susan J. Mignon, Charles W. Danker, Kathleen. Lincoln:

University of Nebraska Press, 1992.

Adams, Frederick B. Foreword in Willa Cather: A Bibliography, The

University of Nebraska Press, 1982.

"Language and Being in Cather's "The Professor's House: A Look Back

and Forth from Thoreau to Nietzsche and Heidegger."" An Essay by Frank

H. W. Edler. Metropolitan Community College Omaha, Nebraska. Copyright

© 2000, Frank Edler

Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products N.V. The Columbia Electronic

Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. Columbia University Press, 2000.

Reclaiming History.

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2002

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