Author's Bio (see also Wikipedia)
The prairie farmland where Willa Cather (1873-1947) grew up would always figure prominently in her novels. Born into a large family in Nebraska, the young Willa insisted on receiving a strong education. She went to college where some of her first published writing appeared in the university paper. Cather became a teacher after college, but her desire to be an author brought her to New York City, where she took a post as an editor for McClure's magazine. New York brought Cather into contact with many influential writers of her day, and she exchanged ideas with sophisticated peers while staying true to her rather unique literary vision, which tended to feature elemental stories of American farmers. For her war novel One of Ours, Cather was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1923. Renowned and admired by readers and peers, Cather kept her private life out of the spotlight, preferring to be recognized for her powerful stories of people whose lives are closely aligned with some of America's most unchanged landscapes.
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