Willa Cather


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Willa Sibert Cather (December 7, 1873 – April 24, 1947) was an American author who achieved recognition for her novels of frontier life on the Great Plains, in works such as O Pioneers!, My Ántonia, and The Song of the Lark. In 1923 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for One of Ours (1922), a novel set during World War I. Cather grew up in Nebraska and graduated from the University of Nebraska. ... more »

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  • ''We come and go, but the land is always here. And the people who love it and understand it are the people who own it—for a little while.''
    Willa Cather (1873-1947), U.S. novelist. Alexandra Bergson, in O Pioneers! Part V, ch. III (1913).
  • ''All the intelligence and talent in the world can't make a singer. The voice is a wild thing. It can't be bred in captivity. It is a sport, like the silver fox. It happens.''
    Willa Cather (1873-1947), U.S. novelist. Andor Harsanyi, in The Song of the Lark, part II, ch. VI (1915).
  • ''Every artist makes himself born. It is very much harder than the other time, and longer.''
    Willa Cather (1873-1947), U.S. novelist. Andor Harsanyi, in The Song of the Lark, part II, ch. III (1915).
  • ''I ain't got time to learn. I can work like mans now.''
    Willa Cather (1873-1947), U.S. novelist. Antonia, in My Antonia, book I, ch. XVII (1918; rev. 1926). The Bohemian farm girl proudly declares her p...
  • "Jim," she said earnestly, "if I was put down there in the middle of the night, I could find my way all over that little town; and along the river to the next town, where my grandmother lived. My feet...
    Willa Cather (1873-1947), U.S. novelist. Antonia, in My Antonia, book II, ch. XIV (1918; rev. 1926). The immigrant Antonia explains the persistenc...
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