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Willa  Cather
[1873-1947]

1927 'Vanity Fair' portrait of Willa Cather [1873-1947] smiling - photo by Edward Steichen              short profile

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“The time will come when [Willa Cather will] be ranked above Hemingway.”  — Leon Edel

“There are some things [that] you learn best in calm, and some in storm.”

“That is happiness: to be dissolved into something complete and great.”

“The heart of another is a dark forest, always, no matter how close it has been to one's own.”

“Money is a protection, a cloak; it can buy one quiet and some sort of dignity.”

“Success is never so interesting as struggle – not even to the successful.”

— Willa Cather


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          Pulitzer Prize-winning Western author
          In 1933 she was awarded the Prix Femina Americaine “for distinguished literary accomplishments.”

Willa Cather Foundation [est. 1955] in Red Cloud, Nebraska
Willa Cather entry at Wikipedia
Willa Cather credits [1924-2014] at Internet Movie Database
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Primary Works
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Willa Cather Early Novels & Stories collection from Library of America  "Willa Cather: Early Novels and Stories" [1987] Edited by Sharon O'Brien
"The Troll Garden" [stories 1905], "O Pioneers!" [1913], "The Song of The Lark" [1915], "My Antonia" [1918], "One of Ours" [1922]
Library of America 8¼x5¼ hardcover [1987] for $22.99
Library of America 8¼x5¼ hardcover [1987] out of print/used
Willa Cather Later Novels collection from Library of America  "Willa Cather: Later Novels" [1990] Edited by Sharon O'Brien
"A Lost Lady" [1923], "The Professor's House" [1925], "Death Comes For The Archbishop" [1927], "Shadows On The Rock" [1931], "Lucy Gayheart" [1935, "Sapphira and The Slave Girl" [1940]
Library of America 8x5¼ hardcover [7/90] for $20.65
Willa Cather Stories, Poems, and Other Writings collection from Library of America  "Willa Cather: Stories, Poems, and Other Writings" [1992] Edited by Sharon O'Brien
Library of America 8¼x5¼ hardcover [3/92] for $11.92
Willa Cather Stories, Poems, and Other Writings collection from Library of America  "Willa Cather Novels & Stories, 1905-1918" [1999] Edited by Sharon O'Brien
"The Troll Garden" [stories 1905], "O Pioneers!" [1913], "The Song of The Lark" [1915], "My Antonia" [1918]
Kindle Edition from Heritage Publng [8/2014] for $1.99 {sic}
Library of America 7¾x5 pb [9/99] for $13.95
Willa Cather Four Great Novels collection  "Willa Cather: Four Great Novels" [2013] Introduction by Maureen Howard
"O Pioneers!" [1913], "The Song of The Lark" [1915], "My Antonia" [1918], "One of Ours" [1922]
Kindle Edition from Skyhorse Publng [6/2014] for $9.99
Skyhorse Publng 9x6 pb [6/2014] for $15.51
Daedalus 9x6¼ pb [2013] out of print/used
Willa Cather Complete Fiction & Other Writings box set  
"Willa Cather: The Complete Fiction & Other Writings" Box Set [2016]
Library of America 8½x5¼x4½" wide hardcover box set [8/2016] 3 books for $84.05
Essential Willa Cather collection  "The Essential Willa Cather: O Pioneers!, The Song of The Lark, My Ántonia, and One of Ours" [2017] Introduction by Nicholas Tamblyn, Illustrations by Katherine Eglund
Kindle Edition from Golding Books [4/2017] for $1.99
Golding Books 9x6 pb [4/2017] for $17.99
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"Alexander's Bridge" [1912] by Willa Cather
serialized as "Alexander's Masquerade" in McClure's Magazine; published as book by Houghton Mifflin in April 1912
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander%27s_Bridge
http://cather.unl.edu/0001.html


"O Pioneers!" [1913] by Willa Cather

"Willa Cather's "O Pioneers!" [May 1991] stageplay filmed in Boston /tt0195105/

"Willa Cather's "O Pioneers!" TV movie [Feb 1992] /tt0105038/
starring Jessica Lange; won Western Heritage Bronze Wrangler Award in 1993
http://www.amazon.com/Pioneers-Hallmark-Hall-Fame/dp/B00008IHF2/


"The Song of The Lark" [1915] by Willa Cather
http://www.amazon.com/Song-Lark-Alison-Elliott/dp/B000EULK5U/


  "My Ántonia" [1918 bestseller] by Willa Cather
"No romantic novel ever written in America, by man or woman, is one half so beautiful as 'My Antonia’." ~~ H.L. Mencken [1880-1956]
book entry at Wikipedia • available as free online etexts at Project Gutenberg

My Ántonia book by   
Kindle Edition from ... [9/00] for $0.00
PUB pb [8/00] for $0.00
hardcover [8/00] for $0.00 out of print/used
My Antonia, The Road Home book by John J. Murphy  "My Antonia: The Road Home - A Reader's Companion To The Novel" [1989]
by John J. Murphy

Twayne's Masterwork Studies 8½x5½ pb [9/89] for $8.70
Twayne's Masterwork Studies 8¾x5¾ library hardcover [9/89] out of print/used
'My Antonia' 1995 TV movie  "My Antonia" TV movie [USA Network March 1995]
Directed by Joseph Sargent; teleplay by (co-producer) Victoria Riskin; starring Jason Robards Jr., Eva Marie Saint, Neil Patrick Harris, Elina Löwensohn, Jan Tríska, Norbert Weisser, Anne Tremko, Travis Fine, Mira Furlan, Boris Lee Krutonog, Bobby Goldstein, T. Max Graham, John Livingston, Sarah Bernhardt, Devon Arielle Cahill, Lauren Montgomery, Cinnamon Schultz, Megan Birdsall, Lemarrt Holman, Abby Sullivan, Betty Laird, Brendan McCurdy, Ian Atwood, Tom Wees, Brad Boesen, Endre Hules, Olek Krupa, Kyla Pratt, Myra Turley, Blair Williamson; won Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography
93-minute imported all-regions color DVD [7/2016] for $32.98
100-minute Paramount color VHS [11/98] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
watch full movie [9/2013 low-res upload; 1:36:57] online at YouTube

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"Willa Cather's My Antonia" stageplay [2004, revised 2007] by Scott Schwartz
premiered at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto in 2004; revamped during the 'Plays in Progress' series at the Rubicon Theatre
in Ventura, California
in 2005; produced there during the 2006-2007 season.

"My Antonia: A Play For The Stage, Adapted From Willa Cather's Novel" [2/2010] by Charles Jones
http://www.amazon.com/My-Antonia-Stage-Adapted-Cathers/dp/0573694990


"The Prairie Trilogy" by Willa Cather
"O Pioneers!" [1913], "The Song of The Lark" [1915], and "My Ántonia" [1918]

Prairie Trilogy by Willa Cather   CreateSpace 9x6 pb [9/2017] for $11.99
CreateSpace 9x6 pb [12/2013] for $24.50
CreateSpace 9x6 pb [12/2013] out of print/used
Prairie Trilogy by Willa Cather in Kindle format   Kindle Edition from Heritage Publng [4/2014] for 99¢
Kindle Edition from Karpathos Collections [7/2015] for 99¢
Kindle Edition from Halcyon Classics [10/2010] for $1.99
Kindle Edition from Jazzybee Verlag [10/2013] for $1.99
illustrated Kindle Edition from Not So Noble Books [3/2014] for $2.99


"One of Ours" [1922]
1923: "One of Ours" by Willa Cather won pulitzer

"A Lost Lady" [1923]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Lost_Lady
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Lost_Lady_(film)

"The Professor's House" [1925]
the middle third is set in northern New Mexico among the Anasazi pueblos

"My Mortal Enemy" [1926]


    "Death Comes For The Archbishop" [1927]
author entry at Wikipedianovel entry at Wikipedia
listed in Top Ten of 100 Best Books In New Mexico [Jan 2011]
"Death Comes For The Archbishop" [1927 novel]


"Shadows On The Rock" [1931]

"Lucy Gayheart" [1935]

"Sapphira and The Slave Girl" [1940]


Other Works

"April Twilights" [poetry 1903]

"The Troll Garden" [stories 1905]

"The Life of Mary Baker G. Eddy and The History of Christian Science" [1909, reprinted 1993] with Georgine Milmine

"Youth and The Bright Medusa" [stories 1920]

"On The Art of Fiction" [1920]

Best Stories of Sarah Orne Jewett in 2 volumes edited by Willa Cather  "The Best Stories of Sarah Orne Jewett" 2-volume edition [1924]
36 stories Selected and Arranged with a Preface by Willa Cather

642-page Forgotten Books 9x6 pb [2/2017] for $19.57
Peter Smith single-volume hardcover [1965] out of print/used
Houghton Mifflin hardcover [6/1925] long out of print/used
Houghton Mifflin hardcover [1924] 2 volumes in slipcase - long out of print/scarce
modern extract: "Best Stories of Sarah Orne Jewett" [17 stories 1987]
282-page Yankee Books 9x6 pb [4/87] out of print/used

"Obscure Destinies" [three stories 1932]

"Not Under Forty" [essays 1936]

Autograph Edition of Willa Cather's works in 12 volumes published by HMifflin 1937-38

Willa Cather Stories, Reviews & Essays book  "Willa Cather: A Collection of Stories, Reviews, and Essays" [1947]
includes 12 stories and 11 essays
433-page Kindle Edition from Start Classics/Simon & Schuster Digital Sales [2/2014] for $1.99
252-page Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [2/2014] for FREE {sic}
350-page CreateSpace 9x6 pb [4/2017] for $9.95
240-page CreateSpace 9x6 pb [8/2012] for $9.95

final novel "Hard Punishments" [unfinished ms destroyed 1947]
set in the XIVth Century in Avignon, France

"The Old Beauty and Others" [three stories 1948]

"On Writing" [1949, reprint 1988] ISBN 978-0-8032-6332-1

Writings From Willa Cather's Campus Years book edited by James R. Shively  "Writings From Willa Cather's Campus Years" [1950]
Edited by James R. Shively

Univ Nebraska Press hardcover [1950] out of print/used
Univ Nebraska Press hardcover [1950] out of print/used

"Five Stories" [1956] published by the Estate of Willa Cather, edited by Andrew Jewell and Janis Stout

"The Selected Letters of Willa Cather" [2013]
Willa Cather: A Hidden Voice article by Hermione Lee July 11, 2013 Issue
reviewing The Selected Letters of Willa Cather
http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2013/07/11/willa-cather-hidden-voice/


Movies, Stageplays, Other Media
Willa Cather credits [1924-2014] at Internet Movie Database
search DVDs on keywords 'willa cather' at Amazon

In her will, Cather wrote: "I direct that my Executors and Trustee shall not lease, license, or otherwise dispose of the following rights in literary properties written by me, viz:
dramatization, whether for the purpose of spoken stage presentation or otherwise, motion picture, radio broadcasting, television, and rights of mechanical production."

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Willa Cather portrayed Beauty's father in an 1888 amateur theatrical entitled "Beauty and The Beast".
Nebraska Historical Society article on the February 1888 performance at the Red Cloud Opera House

Willa Cather portrayed Peter Paragon in an 1892 Union Girls’ Dramatic Club production of "The Fatal Pin".

"O Pioneers!" [2001] stageplay adapted by Darrah Cloud from the novel by Willa Cather
Music composed by Kim D. Sherman; The Acting Company 2001 production directed by Richard Corley
http://www.theactingcompany.org/media/pdfs/Pioneers.pdf

"The Sculptor's Funeral" short stageplay [2006] adapted by Walter Wykes
http://www.10-minute-plays.com/dramas/sculptors_funeral.html

American Masters Willa Cather TV documentary  "Willa Cather: The Road Is All" TV documentary [P.B.S./WNET-13 Sept 2005]
Season 19, Episode 5 of the "American Masters" TV series

Co-produced & directed by Joel Geyer; co-produced & written by Christine Lesiak; narrated by David Strathairn, featuring Joan Acocella, Richard Giannone, Vivian Gornick, Cynthia Griffin-Wolff, Margo Jefferson, Tony Mares, David McCullough, Susan Rosowski, Joseph Urgo & Marcia Gay Harden {voice of Willa Cather}, with archive footage of Willa Cather; won Western Heritage Bronze Wrangler Award in 2006
PBS Home Video color DVD [4/2006] for $21.99
full credits at IMDbP.B.S. official site

http://www.amazon.com/Willa-Cathers-Pauls-American-Collection/dp/B00279ODZK/



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Collected Works of Willa Cather in Kindle format from Halcyon Classics  
"The Collected Works of Willa Cather, Unexpurgated Edition" for Kindle [2009]
contains 'the most celebrated works of Willa Cather' - five novels: "Alexander’s Bridge", "My Ántonia", "O Pioneers!", "One of Ours", and "The Song of The Lark"; and two books of short stories: "The Troll Garden" [1905] and "Youth and the Bright Medusa" [stories 1920] - with an active table of contents
Kindle Edition from Halcyon Classics [7/2009] for $1.99
Willa Cather's Collection Nook Book from Barnes & Noble  "Willa Cather's Collection [16 Books]" ebook [2012]
This Nook Book is available only from Barnes & Noble and is included here 1) for completists, and 2) because the list of selected contents is interesting: "A Lost Lady"; "Alexander's Bridge"; "Death Comes For The Archbishop"; "Lucy Gayheart"; "My Antonia"; "My Mortal Enemy"; "Not Under Forty"; "O Pioneers!"; "Obscure Destinies"; "One of Ours"; "The Professor's House"; "Sapphira and The Slave Girl"; "Shadows On The Rock"; "The Song of The Lark"; "The Troll Garden, and Selected Stories"; and "Youth and The Bright Medusa"

Willa Cather Collection 40 Classic Works in Kindle format from Waxkeep Publng  "The Willa Cather Collection: 40 Classic Works" for Kindle [2013]
Kindle Edition from Waxkeep Publng [4/2013] for $1.99 {sic}
the contents are: five novels: "Alexander’s Bridge", "My Ántonia", "O Pioneers!", "One of Ours", and "The Song of The Lark"; 24 short stories: "On The Divide", "Eric Hermannson’s Soul", "The Enchanted Bluff", "The Bohemian Girl", "Flavia and Her Artists", "The Sculptor’s Funeral", "A Death In The Desert", "The Garden Lodge", "The Marriage of Phaedra", "A Wagner Matinee", "Paul’s Case", "Coming, Aphrodite!", "The Diamond Mine", "A Gold Slipper", "Scandal", "Peter", "The Sentimentality of William Taverner", "The Namesake", "The Joy of Nelly Deane", "Consequences", "The Bookkeeper’s Wife", "Ardessa", "Her Boss", and "The Burglar’s Christmas"; and eleven essays on these subjects: Kate Chopin, Stephen Crane (2), Harold Frederic, William Dean Howells, Henry James, Frank Norris, Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, and 'On the Art of Fiction'

'The Best of Willa Cather' in Kindle format from Simon & Schuster  "The Best of Willa Cather" for Kindle [2013]
five novels: "Alexander's Bridge", "O Pioneers!", "TheSong of The Lark", "My Antonia",
and "One of Ours"
Kindle Edition from Start Classics/Simon & Schuster Digital Sales [12/2013] for $1.99
Willa Cather 47 Works collection in Kindle format  "Willa Cather: 47 Works" collection for Kindle [2014]
Apparently the same content as the Waxkeep Kindle Edition just above (absent one story,
"The Burglar’s Christmas") with the addition of eight links to free online audiobooks of
five novels and three story collections

Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [7/2014] for 99¢
Collected Works of Willa Cather in Kindle format from PergamonMedia  "The Collected Works of Willa Cather" for Kindle [2015]
NOT 'complete': includes standard five early novels, two public domain
collections of short stories, and a collection of essays

Kindle Edition from PergamonMedia [4/2015] for $0.00
'First Willa Cather MEGAPACK' in Kindle format from Wildside Press  "The First Willa Cather MEGAPACK®: 50 Classic Short Works" for Kindle [2016]
Kindle Edition from Wildside Press [10/2016] for 99¢
50 classic short stories, published between 1892 and 1920


Works About Willa Cather

"The World of Willa Cather" [1977]
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0260576/

"Into The Morning: Willa Cather's America" [PBS 1978] by schickel

Willa Cather biography by James Woodress  "Willa Cather: A Literary Life" [1987] by James Woodress
Univ Nebraska Press 9x6 pb [1989] for $29.93
Univ Nebraska Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [11/87] out of print/used
Willa Cather Queering America book by Marilee Lindemann  "Willa Cather: Queering America" [1999]
by Marilee Lindemann

Kindle Edition from Columbia Univ Press [1999 edition] for $21.99 {sic}
Columbia Univ Press 9x6 pb [2/99] out of print/used
Columbia Univ Press 9½x6 hardcover [2/99] out of print/used
Willa Cather's Sexual Aesthetics book by John P. Anders  "Willa Cather's Sexual Aesthetics and The Male Homosexual Literary Tradition" [1999]
by John P. Anders

Univ Nebraska Press 8½x5½ pb [9/2001] for $15.71
Univ Nebraska Press 8½x5½ hardcover [11/99] for $50.00 {sic}
Cambridge Companion to Willa Cather book edited by Marilee Lindemann  "The Cambridge Companion to Willa Cather" [2005]
Edited by Marilee Lindemann

13 original essays by leading scholars; also contains wonderful timeline of Willa's life
Kindle Edition from Cambridge Univ Press [2005 edition] for $24.73 {sic}
Cambridge Univ Press 9x6 pb [7/2005] for $10.94
Cambridge Univ Press 9x6 hardcover [7/2005] for $88.00 {sic}
Literary Pilgrims of Santa Fe & Taos book by Lynn Cline  "Literary Pilgrims: The Santa Fe and Taos Writers' Colonies, 1917-1950" [2007]
by Lynn Cline

includes both well- and lesser-known literary figures of New Mexico: Mary Austin, Witter Bynner, Willa Cather, Fray Angélico Chávez, Erna & Harvey Fergusson, Alice Corbin Henderson, Paul Horgan, Spud Johnson, Oliver La Farge, D.H. Lawrence, Haniel Long, Mabel Dodge Luhan, Raymond Otis, Lynn Riggs, and Frank Waters
Univ New Mexico Press 9x6 pb [3/2007] for $19.95

Willa Cather bio & crit? by Joan Acocella 2008

Critical Insights Willa Cather book edited by Nicholas Birns  "Critical Insights: Willa Cather" [2011]
Edited by Nicholas Birns

Kindle Edition from Salem Press [6/2012] for $99.75 {sic}
Salem Press 9¼x6½ hardcover [10/2011] for $105.00 {sic}

"On The Rocks" [Arbor Farm 2013] by Sue Hallgarth
The year is 1929 and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Willa Cather and her partner, Edith Lewis, are summering on Grand Manan Island in New Brunswick, Canada. Cather is at work writing "Shadows On The Rock", her tenth novel; Edith is painting watercolors from the cliffs above the rising tides of Whale Cove. Out of the corner of her eye, Edith sees a body plunge from the edge of the cliff to the rocks below . . . While solving the mystery, first time novelist Hallgarth's intimate view of village politics and the goings-on of two women's communities long lost to history is informative and fascinating.

"Death Comes (A Willa Cather and Edith Lewis Mystery) [10/2017] by Sue Hallgarth
http://www.amazon.com/Death-Comes-Willa-Cather-Mystery-ebook/dp/B075KFW67G/

"A Walk in Willa Cather’s Prairie" [2017] by Alex Ross
How Nebraska’s landscape inspired the great American novelist
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/10/02/a-walk-in-willa-cathers-prairieS2


Image  Gallery

Farmer's & Merchant's Bank building [built 1888] in Red Cloud, Nebraska - home of the Willa Cather Foundation [est. 1955]         Willa Cather Newsletter & Review, Fall-Winter 2016         Willa Sibert Cather on the cover of TIME Magazine for 3 August 1931         


Family & Friends
Wilela Cather was born near Winchester, Virginia in 1873 and grew up in Virginia and Nebraska; she cut her hair short, called herself 'William', and dressed in boys clothes
from 1886 to 1892, then changed her name to Wilma; she graduated from University of Nebraska in June 1895; she lived ten years in Pittsburgh, PA then moved to New York City
in 1906; first novel published in 1912; traveled often to Europe and Canada and the American Southwest; won Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for "One of Ours" [1922];
died suddenly of a cerebral hemorrhage at home in New York City in 1947 at age 73.

father Charles Cather [?-1928]
mother Mary Virginia 'Jennie' XX Cather [?-1931]

younger brother Roscoe Cather [1877-1945]
brother Douglass Cather [1880-1938]
sister Jessica Cather [1881-]
brother James Cather [1886-]
sister Elsie Cather [1890-]
brother John 'Jack' Cather [1892]


mentor Sarah Orne Jewett []

Willa's immigrant friend Annie Sadilek [] who was the inspiration for Antonia

close friend Louise Pound [] - met at college in 1891, broke with Louise & family 1894

Pittsburgh socialite Isabelle McClung [-1938] - close friends 1899-1938

close friend pianist Yaltah Menuhin


partner Edith Lewis [1881-1972] - together 1903-1947
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edith_Lewis
"Willa Cather Living: A Personal Record" [1953] by Edith Lewis, Introduction by John J. Murphy
http://www.amazon.com/Willa-Cather-Living-Personal-Record/dp/0803279965/
http://www.amazon.com/Willa-Cather-Living-Personal-2000-11-01/dp/B01FJ16DNM/
http://www.amazon.com/Willa-Cather-Living-Personal-Record/dp/0803258496/
http://www.amazon.com/Willa-Cather-living-personal-record/dp/0821409131/
http://www.amazon.com/Willa-Cather-Living-Personal-Record/dp/082140914X/ WillaCatherLivingEL.jpg


L i n k s
Willa Cather Archive at University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Red Cloud [NE] Opera House [built 1885, restored 2003]
Willa Cather Childhood Home [built 1878, landmark status 1971] in Red Cloud, Nebraska
Willa Cather Literary Awards [est. 1999] is sponsored by Women Writing The West [est. 1995]



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