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Willa Cather in Person

Interviews, Speeches, and Letters

Willa Cather in Person( )
Author: Cather, Willa
Editor: Bohlke, L. Brent
ISBN:978-0-8032-6326-0
Publication Date:Dec 1986
Publisher:University of Nebraska Press
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:AUD $25.30
Book Description:

As she grew older Willa Cather became ever more private, complaining of favour-seekers and other parasites of fame. But in her long career she granted thirty-four interviews, gave six public speeches, and published ten letters. These fugitive pieces, here gathered for the first time, reveal the author's early thirst for fame and the reasons for her later renunciation of it.

Book Details
Pages:202
Detailed Subjects: Literary Criticism / American / General
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):15.2 x 22.9 x 1.5 cm
Book Weight:0.666 Kilograms
Author Biography
Cather, Willa (Author)
Willa Siebert Cather was born in 1873 in the home of her maternal grandmother in western Virginia. Although she had been named Willela, her family always called her "Willa." Upon graduating from the University of Nebraska in 1895, Cather moved to Pittsburgh where she worked as a journalist and teacher while beginning her writing career.

In 1906, Cather moved to New York to become a leading magazine editor at McClure's Magazine before turning to writing full-time. She continued her education, receiving her doctorate of letters from the University of Nebraska in 1917, and honorary degrees from the University of Michigan, the University of California, Columbia, Yale, and Princeton.

Cather wrote poetry, short stories, essays, and novels, winning awards including the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, One of Ours, about a Nebraska farm boy during World War I. She also wrote The Professor's House, My Antonia, Death Comes for the Archbishop, and Lucy Gayheart. Some of Cather's novels were made into movies, the most well-known being A Lost Lady, starring Barbara Stanwyck.

In 1961, Willa Cather was the first woman ever voted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame. She was also inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners in Oklahoma in 1974, and the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca, New York in 1988.

Cather died on April 24, 1947, of a cerebral hemorrhage, in her Madison Avenue, New York home, where she had lived for many years.

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