Sunday, October 03, 2004

Willa Cather

I researched Willa Cather because I liked the way she created such detailed depictions of very real seeming characters in her short story. I found this website about her on the internet: Willa Cather was born in Virginia in 1873, but moved to Nebraska when she was 10. Many of her works center both around this familiar childhood home and the pioneering community she lived in as a child. Most of Willa Cather's stories and novels have characters drawn from herself and people she was familiar with in her personal life. Willa Cather's later works contain a lot of conflict between the idyllically presented pioneering life of the past era and the modern urbanized lifestyle. Her writing style has been compared to Hemingway's because of her minimalist form.

Willa Cather graduated from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, an achievement which few women of her time managed. She went on to become a teacher, editor, critic, and writer. She wrote many essays, poems, short stories, and novels in her lifetime. Willa Cather died at the age of 73 in 1947 and is considered one of the most important American modernist women writers.


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