Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Willa Cather

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Carl Van Vechten. Portrait of Willa Cather, 1936. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C.

Willa Cather
b. 1873, near Winchester, Virginia; d. 1947, New York

Willa Cather spent most of her life in Nebraska, initially as a journalist, writing for the Nebraska State Journal (1983–95), Home Monthly (1896–99), and Pittsburgh Daily Leader (1896–1900), and serving as editor at McClure's Magazine (ca. 1906–14). Cather wrote poetry, novels, essays, and short stories, and received the Pulitzer Prize in 1922 for her novel One of Ours. She is considered one of the premier American authors of the first half of the twentieth century and a chronicler of the American West, authoring the novels My Antonia (1918), O Pioneers (1913), Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927), and The Professor's House (1925).

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