The following year the family relocated to nearby Red Cloud, the same town that has been made famous by her writing. The nine-year-old had trouble adjusting to her new life on the prairie: Byimmigrants in Nebraska made up forty-three percent of the state population.
See Article History Alternative Title: At age 9 Cather moved with her family from Virginia to frontier Nebraskawhere from age 10 she lived in the village of Red Cloud.
There she grew up among the immigrants from Europe—Swedes, Bohemians, Russians, and Germans—who were breaking the land on the Great Plains.
At the University of Nebraska she showed a marked talent for journalism and story writing, and on graduating in she obtained a position in PittsburghPennsylvania, on a family magazine. Later she worked as copy editor and music and drama editor of the Pittsburgh Leader.
She turned to teaching in and in published her first book of verses, April Twilights. After building up its declining circulation, she left in to devote herself wholly to writing novels.
A mature statement of both themes can be found in Obscure Destinies Her solution was to write of the pioneer spirit of another age, that of the French Catholic missionaries in the Southwest in Death Comes for the Archbishop and of the French Canadians at Quebec in Shadows on the Rock For the setting of her last novel, Sapphira and the Slave Girlshe used the Virginia of her ancestors and her childhood.
However, upon the death of a nephew who had served as her last designated executor, copyright of her work passed to the Willa Cather Trust. Though Cather had destroyed much of her own epistolary record, nearly 3, missives were tracked down by scholars, and were collected in The Selected Letters of Willa Cather Learn More in these related Britannica articles:Video: Author Willa Cather: Biography & Works A Pulitzer Prize winning author, Willa Cather is widely regarded as one of the great novelists who vividly depicted life on the American frontier.
THE LIFE AND WORKS OF Willa Sibert Cather The oldest of seven children, Willa Cather was born in in western Virginia. When she was ten years old, her family moved to rural Nebraska to live in Willa’s grandpar-ents’ house.
The landscape she encountered there, with its miles of waving red grasses, its few isolated trees, its open-. Refreshed by Cather’s evocation of pioneer life, Bogan said admiringly that Cather “used her powers in practicing fiction as one of the . Willa Silbert Cather (December 7, – April 24, ), author of classic American fiction, was born in Winchester, Virginia.
At nine years of age, her family moved from the staid, conservative life of Virginia society to Red Cloud, Nebraska.
stars This mini novel is the first in Willa Cather's Great Plains Trilogy and is the shortest of the three. The books are all different and can be read in any order; however, they all share a focus on the prairie landscape and on the women of this American frontier at the turn of the nineteenth century.
Willa Sibert Cather was an American author who achieved recognition for her novels of frontier life on the Great Plains, in works such as O Pioneers!, My Ántonia, and The Song of the Lark.