Willa Cather

Standard Name: Cather, Willa
Birth Name: Wilella Cather
Self-constructed Name: Willa Cather
Self-constructed Name: Willa Love Cather
Self-constructed Name: Willa Sibert Cather
WC ranks as one of the major American novelists of the earlier twentieth century, and her popularity has remained undiminished while her critical reputation has fluctuated. She was a highly professional journalist and reviewer before she embarked on fiction, and she also published poetry, short stories, and ghosted biographies. Her fame rests on her rendering of the Midwest of pioneer days, but her strong imaginative sense of place also produced memorable novels with different geographical and historical settings.
Black and white, three-quarter-length photo of Willa Cather, c. 1912, sitting facing the camera with her hands on the arms of her Renaissance-style  chair. She is wearing a hat with a turned-up brim holding a plume of white feathers; her blouse and jacket are black. She has a short pendant at her throat, and a long, tasselled necklace which came to her from Sarah Orne Jewett.
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Connections Sort descending Author name Excerpt
Education Tillie Olsen
At home the Lerner children learned Yiddish songs and made up silly plays.
Reid, Panthea. Tillie Olsen: One Woman, Many Riddles. Rutgers University Press, 2010.
Tillie was a difficult child, skipping family chores to spend time at the public library, with its huge painting of...
Friends, Associates Dorothy Brett
Travelling to Taos the first time in Lawrence's company, Brett had met Willa Cather and Harriet Monroe .
Brett, Dorothy. Lawrence and Brett. J. B. Lippincott Company, 1933.
On the whole, however, she did not pursue literary friendships in the USA. She continued her...
Friends, Associates Sarah Orne Jewett
SOJ had a broad social circle. She belonged to an artistic community of women that included Celia Thaxter and Louise Guiney , and counted Harriet Beecher Stowe (whose funeral she and Annie Fields attended in...
Intertextuality and Influence Alice Munro
Carried Away begins with two lonely young people building an unlikely relationship by letter. Louisa, town librarian of Carstairs, Ontario, in 1917, lives in a hotel and eats her solitary meal each day with...
Literary responses Katherine Mansfield
The contents of Murry's first journal edition were selected with an eye to keeping Mansfield acceptable to the public. Her biographer Alpers says it sealed her in porcelain for twenty years.
Alpers, Antony. The Life of Katherine Mansfield. Oxford University Press, 1982.
Willa Cather ...
Literary responses Alice Munro
After it won the O. Henry Prize (in the first year in which Canadians were eligible for this award) Munro described the genesis of the title story in an actual occurrence where a woman and...
Literary responses Sarah Orne Jewett
Willa Cather judged the first two of these collections, and Deephaven, to be full of perception and feeling, but rather fluid and formless.
Cather, Willa. On Writing. Tennant, StephenEditor , Alfred A. Knopf, 1949.
Literary responses Sarah Orne Jewett
Willa Cather , in her preface to a collection of SOJ 's Best Stories (1925), reflected a common critical perception in suggesting that Jewett would go down in literary history as a regional writer: the...
Literary responses Katherine Mansfield
Reviews mentioned KM 's caustic and observant descriptions, her freedom from sentimentality, and her peculiar touch of impishness. Some, however, found her coarse.
Alpers, Antony. The Life of Katherine Mansfield. Oxford University Press, 1982.
Willa Cather later recalled how discerning readers of this first volume...
Literary responses Katherine Mansfield
In this volume, as Willa Cather felt, KM issued a challenge to the literary world which showed her high and daring spirit.
Cather, Willa. On Writing. Tennant, StephenEditor , Alfred A. Knopf, 1949.
But little more than a year after publishing it KM apparently thought...
Occupation Eva Figes
EF had a long stint as co-editor of this series, which includes works on Margaret Atwood , Jane Austen , Elizabeth Bowen , Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Frances Burney , Willa Cather , Colette ,...
Reception Emily Faithfull
Historian Martha Vicinus reads EF 's novel as a keyed text in which Faithfull cast herself as a man in order to speak and do in public what might be considered improper for a woman—the...
Reception Christina Stead
In 1974 Stead won the $6,000 Patrick White Literary Award, which White had set up with his own Nobel Prize money, targeted chiefly at older and under-appreciated Australian writers. When Saul Bellow received the Nobel...
Textual Features Adrienne Rich
In Culture and Anarchy (titled after the famous essay collection by Matthew Arnold , 1869 ), Rich mixes her own poetry with the words of nineteenth-century Anglo-American women writers Jane Addams , Susan B. Anthony
Textual Production Penelope Lively
PL has published introductions to works by other writers including Ivy Compton-Burnett , Edith Wharton , Willa Cather , and Carol Shields . In September 2015 she reviewed Alison Light 's Common People: In Pursuit...


A company in Salem, Massachusetts, issued what seems to be the earliest version of a game called Authors, whose object was to collect sets of cards bearing the names of writers and the...
29 August 1907
More than eighty workers were killed when a main compression chamber failed and the south arm of a bridge being built across the St Lawrence at Quebec collapsed.
By 20 September 1953
Saul Bellow published The Adventures of Augie March. Martin Amis , in later hailing this as the first American novel to show an immigrant as a rightful Discoverer, or a pioneer,
Borne Back Daily.
21 October 2008
May 1978
Virago Press issued its first Virago Modern Classics, a historically important series most though not all of which were novels.