Willa Cather

Cather in 1912.

Willa Sibert Cather (/ˈkæðər/December 7, 1873 – April 24, 1947) was an American writer who achieved recognition for her novels of frontier life on the Great Plains, including O Pioneers! (1913), The Song of the Lark (1915), and My Ántonia (1918). In 1923 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for One of Ours (1922), a novel set during World War I.

Cather grew up in Virginia and Nebraska, and graduated from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She lived and worked in Pittsburgh for ten years, supporting herself as a magazine editor and high school English teacher. At the age of 33 she moved to New York City, her primary home for the rest of her life, though she also traveled widely and spent considerable time at her summer residence on Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick. (Information from Wikipedia)

Website: willacather.org

Articles in Western American Literature:

Willa Cather’s Southwestern Grave Robbersby Carolyn Dekker

Beyond Possession: Animals and Gifts in Willa Cather’s Settler Colonial Fictions, by Alex Calder

The Chinaman’s Crime: Race, Memory, and the Railroad in Willa Cather’s “The Affair at Grover Station,” by Julia H. Lee

“Nothing but land”: Women’s Narratives, Gardens, and the Settler-Colonial Imaginary in the US West and Australian Outback, by Tom Lynch

Sacred Spaces, Profane “Manufactories”: Willa Cather’s Split Artist in The Professor’s House and My Mortal Enemy, by Kim Vanderlaan

“Terrible Women”: Gender, Platonism, and Christianity in Willa Cather’s The Professor’s House, by Anne Baker

How the West Was Whitened: “Racial” Difference on Cather’s Prairie, by Jean C. Griffith

My Ántonia and the Making of the Great Race, by Linda Lizut Helstern

Immovable: Willa Cather’s Logic of Art and Place, by María Carla Sánchez

From a “Stretch of Grey Sea” to the “Extent of Space”: The Gaze Across Vistas in Cather’s The Professor’s House, by Rafeeq O. McGiveron

A Response to Susan Rosowski’s “Willa Cather’s Ecology of Place,” by Reginald Dyck

Concentric Texts in The Professor’s House, by Ann Moseley

The “Wonderfulness” of Thea Kronborg’s Voice, by Sharon Hoover

Willa Cather’s Ecology of Place, by Susan J. Rosowski

Getting Back to Cather’s Text: The Shared Dream in O Pioneers! by Neil Gustafson

“The Breath Vibrating Behind It”: Intimacy in the Storytelling of Ántonia Shimerda, by Evelyn I. Funda

Thea Kronborg’s “Song of Myself”: The Artist’s Imaginative Inheritance in The Song of the Lark, by Demaree Peck

The Professor’s House: Cather, Hemingway, and the Chastening of American Prose Style, by Glen A. Love

Jim Burden and the Structure of My Ántonia, by John L. Selzer

New Letters From Willa Cather, by Mildred R. Bennett

The “Case” of Willa Cather, by John B. Gleason

Memory, Myth, and The Professor’s House, by John N. Swift

Prosodic Variations in Willa Cather’s Prairie Poems, by Mary R. Ryder

The Professor’s House and “Rip Van Winkle,” by Patricia Lee Yongue

In Defense of Lillian St. Peter: Men’s Perceptions of Women in The Professor’s House, by Margaret Doane

Cather’s Confounded Conundrums in The Professor’s House, by James C. Work

The Husband of My Ántonia, by Beth Bohling

Cather’s Archbishop and Travel Writing, by David Stouck

St. Peter and the World All Before Him, by Missy Dehn Kubitschek

Godfrey St. Peter and Eugène Delacroix: A Portrait of the Artist in The Professor’s House? by L. Brent Bohlke

Willa Cather’s Bodies for Ghosts, by Mildred R. Bennett

Willa Cather and Catholic Themes, by John J. Murphy

The Pattern of Willa Cather’s Novels, by Susan J. Rosowski

The Fool Figure in Willa Cather’s Fiction, by Paul Comeau

Carlyle’s Presence in The Professor’s House, by Meredith R. Machen

The Dual Nature of Art in The Song of the Lark, by Ann Moseley

“The Thing Not Named ”in The Professor’s House, by Ann Moseley

Willa Cather’s Archbishop: A Western and Classical Perspective, by John J. Murphy

One of Ours: Willa Cather’s Losing Battle, by Marilyn Arnold

The French-Canadian Connection: Willa Cather as a Canadian Writer, by Benjamin George

Symbolic Representation in Willa Cather’s O Pioneers! by Maynard Fox

A Lost Lady: The End of the First Cycle, by Patricia Lee Yongue

Willa Cather and The Professor’s House: “Letting Go With The Heart,” by David Stouck

Willa Cather’s Southwest, by Patrick J. Sullivan

A Novelist’s Miracle: Structure and Myth In Death Comes For The Archbishop, by James M. Dinn

Willa Cather’s Technique and the Ideology of Populism, by Evelyn J. Hinz

The Bohemian Folk Practice in “Neighbour Rosicky,” by Cynthia J. Andes

Nebraska Regionalism in Selected Works of Willa Gather, by Bruce Baker II

My Ántonia: A Dark Dimension, by Sister Peter Damian Charles

The Western Humanism of Willa Cather, by Don D. Walker

Two Primitives: Huck Finn and Tom Outland, by Maynard Fox