Willa Cather

(1873—1947) American novelist and short-story writer

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American novelist. Her many works include My Ántonia (1918), the story of an immigrant girl from Bohemia, settled in Nebraska; A Lost Lady (1923); The Professor's House (1925), a rich and suggestive work which contrasts the middle‐aged disillusion of Professor St Peter with his memories of his favourite student, the brilliant explorer and inventor Tom Outland; Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927), a historical novel, set in New Mexico, based on the French Catholic mission of Father Latour, and his years of work with the peasant population. The dual impulse towards exploration and cultivation, towards art and domesticity, towards excitement and safety, is a constant theme in Cather's work; she was a pioneer not only in her treatment of the frontiers of the West, but also in her development of the American novel. She records her own debt to another pioneer, S. O. Jewett, in Not Under Forty (1936).

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