1876-1947, American writer, teacher, journalist, poet, short story writer and critic
Her literary career lasted nearly fifty years. She wrote extensively about the life of pioneers on the Great Plains.
When she was 9 years old, her family migrated westward from Virginia to Nebraska which served as the setting of later novels.
In 1906 she moved to New York City, where she took a position as managing editor of the McClure's magazine. In 1908 she became friends with Sarah Orne Jewett.
She celebrated the frontier in O Pioneers! 1913 and My Ántonia 1918, and showed the artist's need for freedom from inhibiting influences in The Song of the Lark 1915.
Cather later turned to the North American past for Death Comes for the Archbishop 1927. This book earned her a spot on the Modern Library's 100 Best Books: Fiction for the 20th Century.
She also wrote short stories and several essays on fiction. Her own clear, charming, and stately style is among the finest in 20th century. Won the 1923 Pulitzer Prize.
Her works include:
McMichael, George, "Anthology of American Literature", Macmillan Publishing, NY, 1974
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