Willa Cather

Willa Sibert Cather (December 7, 1873– April 24, 1947) was an American write.

She graduated from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and, in 1896, moved to Pittsburgh to work for the women’s magazine Home Monthly. She also worked as high school English teacher, as drama critic for the Pittsburgh Leader, and as contributor of poetry and short fiction to The Library.  In 1906, Cather moved to New York City to work on the editorial staff of McClure’s Magazine, which later serialized her first novel, Alexander’s Bridge (1912)

She received the Pulitzer Prize in 1922 for her novel One of Ours (1922). Cather lived with the editor Edith Lewis from 1908 until the writer’s death, in 1947.



  • The Life of Mary Baker G. Eddy and the History of Christian Science (1909, with Georgine Milmine)
  • On the Art of Fiction (1920)
  • Not Under Forty (1936)
  • On Writing (1949)


  • Alexander’s Bridge (1912)
  • O Pioneers! (1913)
  • The Song of the Lark (1915)
  • My Ántonia (1918)
  • One of Ours (1922)
  • A Lost Lady (1923)
  • The Professor’s House (1925)
  • My Mortal Enemy (1926)
  • Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927)
  • Shadows on the Rock (1931)
  • Lucy Gayheart (1935)
  • Sapphira and the Slave Girl (1940)


  • April Twilights (1903)


  • The Troll Garden (1905)
  • Youth and the Bright Medusa (1920)
  • Obscure Destinies (1932)
  • The Old Beauty and Others (1948)
  • Five Stories (1956, published posthumously)


  • The Selected Letters of Willa Cather, edited by Andrew Jewell, and Janis Stout (2013)
  • Willa Cather in Person: Interviews, Speeches, and Letters, edited by L. Brent Bohlke (1990)

About her

  • Willa Cather: Double Lives, by Hermione Lee (2017)
  • Critical Insights: Willa Cather, edited by Nicholas Birns (2012)
  • Willa Cather: A Biography, by Milton Meltzer (2007)
  • Willa Cather: The Road Is All (PBS documentary, 2005, IMDb)
  • Willa Cather and the Politics of Criticism, by Joan Acocella (2002)
  • Willa Cather: The Writer and Her World, by Janis Stout (2000)
  • Willa Cather: A Literary Life, by James Woodress (1987)
  • Willa Cather: The Emerging Voice, by Sharon O’Brien (1986)
  • Willa Cather: A Critical Introduction, by David Daiches (1971)

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