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Lee, Hermione. Willa Cather. 2004. Commentary Magazine. 13 January 2005 <>.
Willa Cather wrote about the spirit and heart of America
"Willa Cather's subject was America. The country 'works on my mind,' she said in 1925, 'like light on a photographic plate.'"
Willa Cather’s Style of Writing. 2004. 13 January 2005 <>.
Willa Cather could be considered an early feminist.
"Willa refused to accept her generation’s idea that women should be passive, domestic, and uneducated. Instead, she pursued an active literary life and a world perspective that gave her work universal appeal."
Nichols, R. Art in Willa Cather's Fiction. 20 July 2003. Pittsburgh State University. 13 January 2005 <>.
Willa Cather was influenced by art of varying kinds.
"It was a painting, by the way, that made the first scene of that story [Death Comes for the Archbishop] for me. A French painter, Vibert, one who did a precise piece of work in the manner of his day, called 'The Missionary's Return.'" -Willa Cather
Parry, David. Willa Cather and the Burlington Railroad. June 2000. University of Nebraska Lincoln.13 January 2005 <>.
"The opening of "A Death in the Desert" shows that Cather knew her Burlington. Few others could have captured the slow, desultory journey on the Burlington's remote High Line from Holdrege to Cheyenne."
Duryea, Polly P..Paintings and Drawings in Willa Cather's Prose: A Catalogue Raisonné. Univeristy of Neraska, Lincoln. 13 January 2005 <>.
"After leaving Pittsburgh for work in New York City, Cather moved to Greenwich Village, where she lived near painters like Don Hedger, in her story "Come, Eden Bower." While living in Boston in her apartment on Chestnut Street, Cather could walk to the grand home of Mrs. Annie (James T.) Fields."
Newstrom, Scott. Willa Cather. 5 March 2002. Gustavus Adolphus University.13 January 2005 <>
Close Friend.
"While living in Pittsburgh, her residence most of the time was the home of Judge S. A. McClung, whose daughter, Isabel, was her close friend. Isabel married a musician, Jan Hambourg, and later moved to Paris. Much of Miss Cather's musical knowledge and interest came about through this association."
Will(el)a (Siebert) Cather (1873-1947). 2003. Books and Authors. 13 January 2005 <>
"In 1922 Cather won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel ONE OF OURS, which depicted a boy from the Western plains, who leaves home to fight in World War I and is killed in France. Ernest Hemingway, in a letter to the critic Edmund Wilson, expressed disdain at Cather's having received the prize, remarking that she must have drawn the battlefield scene from the film Birth of a Nation."
About Willa Cather. The Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial. 13 January 2005 <>
"Willa Cather was born in Virginia in 1873 and moved with her family to live in Webster County at the age of nine. After graduating from Red Cloud High School in 1899, she attended the university in Lincoln, Nebraska for five years, then moved to the east coast for the remainder of her life. She died in 1947 and was buried in New Hampshire."
"The years in Red Cloud were important and formative years in the writer's life. Six of her twelve novels are set in the Red Cloud and Webster County of her youth, including One of Ours, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1922."
Lindhard, Anne. Willa Cather Site. 13 January 2002. 13 January 2005 <>
"Aside from being a great writer of fiction, Willa Cather was also an accomplished literary critic even if this was not her main concern. Hence, her critical work constitutes both an interesting supplement to and a valuable perspective on her fictional work."
Lindhard, Anne. Willa Cather Site. 13 January 2002. 13 January 2005 <>
"A posthumous (1949) collection of some central pieces of Cather's critical writing with a foreword (The Room Beyond) by Stephen Tennant. The volume includes four letters in which Cather discusses a.o.t. some of her major novels (Death Comes for the Archbishop, The Professor's House, Shadows on the Rock), The Novel Demeublé and four prefaces to works by other authors."
Lindhard, Anne. Willa Cather Site. 13 January 2002. 13 January 2005 <>
"Thus, she directly challenged the tendency in realist fiction to overlook character and focus on cataloguing inanimate objects. She refused to see this as realism and art, and called it instead an advanced form of journalism. What she sought was descriptions that through mere suggestion emphasized the universality of human experience."
Lindhard, Anne. Willa Cather Site. 13 January 2002. 13 January 2005 <>
"Cather was very interested in the lives of artists and musicians - a subject matter often recurring in her novels as well as in this first published collection of short fiction. At this point in Cather's career, the East still had most of her attention - and five of the tales take place in Pittsburgh and New York, London and Boston. The Boston story is about the West, but only two of the stories are laid in western towns."
Lindhard, Anne. Willa Cather Site. 13 January 2002. 13 January 2005 <>
Cather’s style is very condensed, almost minimalistic – she often described her work as "unfurnished" – which gives a sense of ‘top of the iceberg’ quality much in line with Hemingway’s writing. She is undoubtedly among the most important American modernist writers.
Wells, Kim. Willa Cather. May 2003. Domestic Goddesses. 18 January 2005
"Another interesting study of book covers, for My Ántonia shows that while some artists choose to feature the prairie, others feature a young girl ostensibly on the prarie. Only one features, instead of an element of the story, the author's face, as though that were the most important feature (some might argue it is-- but what does this featuring imply?) None feature the narrator, Jim's, face, despite his dominance in the story"

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