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Willa Cather

We look at LGBT Pride month through the eyes of 21st-century citizens. Things have changed since the Stonewall riots in 1969. There is a wide belief that everyone deserves basic rights, deserves to be treated with equality. The literature world is filled with protagonists of all sexualities, and...
Although we’re accustomed to engaging with Willa Cather on the page, there are some words of hers that we were never meant to read. This, of course, is the author’s private correspondence, which she expressly banned from publication or even quotation. So when The Selected Letters of Willa Cather...
Covered wagon in Scotts Bluff National Monument, Nebraska. Photo by Podruznik This month, the Montana Historical Society is kicking off their Big Read program with Willa Cather's gorgeous novel, My Antonia . The Big Read audio guide features an incredible roster of contributors, including Garrison...
These travelers are in the Loup Valley of Nebraska, 1886. Image in the public domain My Ántonia is a gorgeous book, but it's a tough book and that's part of what makes it so gripping. In the novel [wee spoiler alert!], Ántonia’s father is overcome with anxiety and depression as he struggles to make...
Willa Cather's attic room in Red Cloud, Nebraska. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Archives & Special Collections, used by permission of Lucia Woods. When Cather published My Ántonia in 1918, the book was a major departure from the literary trends of the day. She not only strayed from the urban...
Washington, DC Portrait of Willa Cather by Carl Van Vechten. Image courtesy of the Van Vechten Collection at the Library of Congress In art, sometimes the medium can hinder a work?s impact. When reading, you become aware of syntax and literary mechanisms. At a play, you suddenly remember you?re in...
March 2, 2011 Washington, DC Image of Willa Cather courtesy of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Archives & Special Collections. This month on The Big Read blog, we'll be looking at the role region and landscape play in select novels and poems. Willa Cather was born in 1873 in Virginia?s...
Washington, DC " Keyed " by derekGavey, via Flickr As anyone who has ever tried their hand at writing knows, sitting down before a blank page is the first step in a series of difficulties, doubts, passions, and exhilarating bursts of inspiration. Even for the legends of language, writing can be a...
Hays, Kansas My Ántonia : Words and Music, one of the Big Read events to take place in Hays, Kansas. Photo by Pamela Shaffer For its first Big Read program, Fort Hays State University (FHSU) chose to stay close to its region?s literary roots and read Willa Cather?s My Ántonia , for, as Big Read...
Washington, DC December 7, 2009 Willa Cather photographed by Carl Van Vechten , January 22, 1936. From Library of Congress Carl Van Vechten collection. Happy Birthday to Willa Cather , who was born in Back Creek Valley, Virginia, 136 years ago today. In May 1925, Cather traveled to Brunswick, Maine...

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