Willa Cather

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Willa Cather
Cather in 1912
Cather in 1912
BornWilella Sibert Cather
(1873-12-07)December 7, 1873
Gore, Virginia, U.S.
DiedApril 24, 1947(1947-04-24) (aged 73)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Resting placeOld Burying Ground, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, U.S.
PartnerEdith Lewis (c. 1908–1947)


Willa Sibert Cather (/ˈkæðər/;[1] born Wilella Sibert Cather; December 7, 1873 – April 24, 1947) was an American writer. She was known for her novels of life on the Great Plains. Her best known works were O Pioneers!, The Song of the Lark, and My Ántonia. In 1923, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for One of Ours.

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Many people believed Cather was a lesbian.[2][3]

Cather, who had terminal breast cancer, died in New York City on April 24, 1947 from a cerebral hemorrhage, aged 73.[4][5]

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  1. "willa-cather – Definition, pictures, pronunciation and usage notes | Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary at OxfordLearnersDictionaries.com". oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com.
  2. Cather, Willa (2008). Sharistanian, Janet (ed.). My Antonia (New ed.). Oxford University Press. p. xiii. ISBN 978-0-19953-814-0.
  3. Acocella, Joan (April 9, 2013). "What's in Cather's Letters". The New Yorker.
  4. "Author of Lost Lady Won the Pulitzer Prize in 1922 for Writing One of Ours". The New York Times. April 25, 1947. Retrieved January 18, 2014. Willa Sibert Cather, noted American novelist, died at 4:30 P.M. yesterday in her home at 570 Park Avenue. After Miss Cather's death a secretary, who was with her at the time, was too upset to talk about it. It was reported that death was due to a cerebral hemorrhage. The author was 70 years old in December.
  5. Mulligan, Hugh A. (February 13, 1980). "Visiting Willa Cather: Sabbatical of the Heart". The Shreveport Journal. Associated Press. p. 52.

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