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Willa Cather (1873–1947)

Autor(a) de My Ántonia

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About the Author

Willa Siebert Cather was born in 1873 in the home of her maternal grandmother in western Virginia. Although she had been named Willela, her family always called her "Willa." Upon graduating from the University of Nebraska in 1895, Cather moved to Pittsburgh where she worked as a journalist and mostrar mais teacher while beginning her writing career. In 1906, Cather moved to New York to become a leading magazine editor at McClure's Magazine before turning to writing full-time. She continued her education, receiving her doctorate of letters from the University of Nebraska in 1917, and honorary degrees from the University of Michigan, the University of California, Columbia, Yale, and Princeton. Cather wrote poetry, short stories, essays, and novels, winning awards including the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, One of Ours, about a Nebraska farm boy during World War I. She also wrote The Professor's House, My Antonia, Death Comes for the Archbishop, and Lucy Gayheart. Some of Cather's novels were made into movies, the most well-known being A Lost Lady, starring Barbara Stanwyck. In 1961, Willa Cather was the first woman ever voted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame. She was also inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners in Oklahoma in 1974, and the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca, New York in 1988. Cather died on April 24, 1947, of a cerebral hemorrhage, in her Madison Avenue, New York home, where she had lived for many years. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Willa Cather

My Ántonia (1918) 13,307 exemplares
O Pioneers! (1913) 6,197 exemplares
Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927) 5,777 exemplares
The Song of the Lark (1915) 1,931 exemplares
The Professor's House (1925) 1,892 exemplares
A Lost Lady (1923) 1,574 exemplares
One of Ours (1922) 1,184 exemplares
Shadows on the Rock (1931) 847 exemplares
Sapphira and the Slave Girl (1940) 661 exemplares
My Mortal Enemy (1926) 587 exemplares
Lucy Gayheart (1935) 544 exemplares
Alexander's Bridge (1912) 452 exemplares
Stories, Poems, and Other Writings (1992) 343 exemplares
Collected Stories (1992) 295 exemplares
The Troll Garden (1905) 250 exemplares
Obscure Destinies (1974) 203 exemplares
Youth and the Bright Medusa (1920) 172 exemplares
Five Stories (1956) 160 exemplares
Great Short Works of Willa Cather (1989) 135 exemplares
The Old Beauty and Others (1948) 116 exemplares
Paul's Case and Other Stories (1906) 95 exemplares
Not Under Forty (1936) 94 exemplares
April Twilights and Other Poems (2013) 71 exemplares
Paul's Case {story} (1986) 60 exemplares
Willa Cather: 24 Stories (1988) 55 exemplares
Uncle Valentine and Other Stories (1973) 43 exemplares
My Ántonia / O Pioneers! (1995) 41 exemplares
Early Stories of Willa Cather (1957) 33 exemplares
The Short Stories of Willa Cather (1989) 27 exemplares
The Willa Cather Reader (1997) 24 exemplares
Neighbor Rosicky (1986) 23 exemplares
My Ántonia with Related Readings (2000) 22 exemplares
American Pioneer Writers (1991) 16 exemplares
O Pioneers! [1992 TV movie] (1992) — Autor — 15 exemplares
A Wagner Matinée [short story] (1986) 13 exemplares
The Burglar's Christmas (2012) 11 exemplares
Coming, Aphrodite! (2008) 9 exemplares
Los libros de cuentos (2006) 8 exemplares
The Sculptor's Funeral (2005) 7 exemplares
Vintage Cather (2004) 7 exemplares
A Gold Slipper (2010) 5 exemplares
A Death in the Desert (2005) 4 exemplares
The Bohemian Girl (2008) 4 exemplares
The Diamond Mine (2010) 4 exemplares
Scandal (2010) 3 exemplares
The Enchanted Bluff (2013) 3 exemplares
Old Mrs. Harris 3 exemplares
The Old Beauty (1948) 3 exemplares
The Treasure of Far Island (2010) 2 exemplares
Willa Cather: 47 Works (2014) 2 exemplares
Cather studies. Volume 2 (1993) 2 exemplares
O pioniers! (2019) 1 exemplar
Two Friends 1 exemplar
Farmář Rosický 1 exemplar
[No title] 1 exemplar
The Namesake [short story] (2013) 1 exemplar
Miss Jewett 1 exemplar
Consequences 1 exemplar
My Ántonia: A Play (2013) 1 exemplar
148 Charles Street 1 exemplar
Early Short Stories (2004) 1 exemplar
Flavia and Her Artists (2013) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Best American Short Stories of the Century (2000) — Contribuidor — 1,533 exemplares
The Country of the Pointed Firs and Other Stories (1896) — Preface, algumas edições1,038 exemplares
The Country of the Pointed Firs (1896) — Prefácio, algumas edições912 exemplares
The Oxford Book of American Short Stories (1992) — Contribuidor — 729 exemplares
Great American Short Stories: From Hawthorne to Hemingway (2004) — Contribuidor — 578 exemplares
The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century (2000) — Contribuidor — 444 exemplares
Great Short Stories by American Women (1996) — Contribuidor — 401 exemplares
Sisters of the Earth: Women's Prose and Poetry About Nature (1991) — Contribuidor — 394 exemplares
Women & Fiction: Short Stories By and About Women (1975) — Contribuidor — 361 exemplares
Writing New York: A Literary Anthology (1998) — Contribuidor — 274 exemplares
The Treasury of American Short Stories (1981) — Contribuidor — 265 exemplares
Christmas Stories (2007) 244 exemplares
Women on Women: An Anthology of American Lesbian Short Fiction (1990) — Contribuidor — 244 exemplares
Wise Women: Over Two Thousand Years of Spiritual Writing by Women (1996) — Contribuidor — 199 exemplares
Maiden Voyages: Writings of Women Travelers (1993) — Contribuidor — 187 exemplares
The Penguin Book of American Short Stories (1969) — Contribuidor — 187 exemplares
World War I and America: Told by the Americans Who Lived It (1918) — Contribuidor — 186 exemplares
This Is My Best (1942) — Contribuidor — 180 exemplares
Sixteen Short Novels (1985) — Contribuidor — 172 exemplares
The Big Book of Classic Fantasy (2019) — Contribuidor — 154 exemplares
New York Stories (Everyman's Pocket Classics) (2011) — Contribuidor, algumas edições147 exemplares
The Norton Book of Personal Essays (1997) — Contribuidor — 142 exemplares
The Virago Book of Victorian Ghost Stories (1988) — Contribuidor — 132 exemplares
An Anthology of Famous American Stories (1953) — Contribuidor — 131 exemplares
Haunted America: Star-Spangled Supernatural Stories (1990) — Contribuidor — 109 exemplares
Soul: An Archaeology--Readings from Socrates to Ray Charles (1994) — Contribuidor — 100 exemplares
American Short Stories (1976) — Contribuidor, algumas edições91 exemplares
American Fantastic Tales: Boxed Set (2009) — Contribuidor — 91 exemplares
More Stories to Remember, Volume I (1958) — Contribuidor — 82 exemplares
The Screaming Skull and Other Great American Ghost Stories (1994) — Contribuidor — 70 exemplares
The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Concise Edition (2003) — Contribuidor — 66 exemplares
Bedside Book of Famous American Stories (1936) — Contribuidor — 66 exemplares
200 Years of Great American Short Stories (1975) — Contribuidor — 65 exemplares
The Gender of Modernism: A Critical Anthology (1990) — Contribuidor — 62 exemplares
The Vintage Book of American Women Writers (2011) — Contribuidor — 55 exemplares
More Stories to Remember, Volumes I & II (1958) — Contribuidor — 55 exemplares
Infinite Riches (1993) — Contribuidor — 54 exemplares
May Your Days Be Merry and Bright: Christmas Stories by Women (1988) — Contribuidor — 52 exemplares
Scribbling Women: Short Stories by 19th-Century American Women (1997) — Contribuidor — 49 exemplares
The Faber Book of Gardens (2007) — Contribuidor — 45 exemplares
The Best Stories of Sarah Orne Jewett (1959) — Editor, algumas edições43 exemplares
The Signet Classic Book of Contemporary American Short Stories (1985) — Contribuidor — 40 exemplares
A Quarto of Modern Literature (1935) — Contribuidor — 38 exemplares
Ellery Queen's Book of Mystery Stories by 25 Famous Writers (1952) — Contribuidor — 36 exemplares
Fifty Best American Short Stories 1915-1965 (1965) — Contribuidor — 35 exemplares
Medusa's Daughters (2020) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
The Secret Self: A Century of Short Stories by Women (1995) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
Westward the Women: An Anthology of Western Stories by Women (1984) — Contribuidor — 31 exemplares
Bodies of the Dead and Other Great American Ghost Stories (1995) — Contribuidor — 31 exemplares
50 Best American Short Stories 1915-1939 (1939) — Contribuidor — 28 exemplares
American short stories, 1820 to the present (1952) — Contribuidor — 26 exemplares
Studies in Fiction (1965) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares
Roundup: A Nebraska Reader (1957) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
Love Stories (1975) — Contribuidor — 18 exemplares
Masquerade: Queer Poetry in America to the End of World War II (2004) — Contribuidor — 18 exemplares
Family: Stories from the Interior (1987) — Contribuidor — 16 exemplares
Modern American Short Stories (1945) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares
Once Upon a Childhood: Stories and Memories of American Youth (2004) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares
She Won the West (1985) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Unbridled Spirits: Short Fiction about Women in the Old West (1994) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
Great Western short stories (1777) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Famous Stories (1966) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
More Stories to Remember, Volume III (1958) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Dangerous Ladies (1992) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Teen-Age Treasury for Girls (1958) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Classic Women's Literature (2001) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Eighteen Stories (1965) 4 exemplares
Great Classic Ghost Stories (2011) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
Child's Ploy (1984) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
Great Classic Womens Fiction (2011) 3 exemplares
American Short Stories (1978) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
Alfred A. Knopf - quarter century 1915-1940 (1940) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
Enjoying Stories (1987) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Contemporary Short Stories: Representative Selections, Volume 1 (1953) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
A Modern Galaxy: Short Stories — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Classic Short Stories by Trailblazing Women (2023) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
O Pioneers! / The Great Gatsby / The Good Earth (1989) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Juvenile Delinquency in Literature (1980) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Whole Pieces (1990) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
The Ethnic Image in Modern American Literature, 1900-1950 (1984) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
The Song of the Lark [2001 TV movie] — Original book — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

Nome legal
Cather, Wilella
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Localização do túmulo
Old Burying Yard, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, USA
Local de nascimento
Back Creek Valley, Virginia, USA
Local de falecimento
New York, New York, USA
Causa da morte
cerebral hemorrhage
Locais de residência
Winchester, Virginia, USA
Willow Shade, Virginia, USA
Back Creek Valley, Virginia, USA
Red Cloud, Nebraska, USA
Catherton, Nebraska, USA
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA (mostrar todos 9)
New York, New York, USA
Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, Canada
University of Nebraska (1895)
short-story writer
drama critic
editor (mostrar todos 8)
National Institute of Arts and Letters
Pittsburgh Daily Leader
Allegheny High School, Pittsburgh
McClure's Magazine (managing editor)
Bread Loaf School of English
Prémios e menções honrosas
Gold Medal, National Institute of Arts and Letters (1944)
Nebraska Hall of Fame (1962)
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1943)
Prix Fémina Américain (1933)
New York Writers Hall of Fame (2011)

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Wilella "Willa" Cather was born on her maternal grandmother's farm in Back Creek Valley, near Winchester, Virginia. In 1883, when she was nine years old, the family moved to the Nebraska frontier, eventually settling in Red Cloud. She graduated in 1895 from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. A year later, she moved to Pittsburgh to work as a magazine editor and theater critic. From 1901 to 1906, she taught high school English. During this time, she published April Twilights (1903), a book of poems, and The Troll Garden (1905), a collection of short stories. At age 33, she moved to New York City.



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I greatly admire Cather's My Antonia, and Death Comes for the Archbishop, and many of her short stories. As a longtime student of WWI, I wondered how I missed this one, especially as it was written so immediately after the war. Hemingway hated it (which is often a strong indicator for something I will like...). Had to settle for a Gutenberg e-book, as it wasn't easily available in my regional library system in print.

What a disappointment. Claude Wheeler, the protagonist, is a mopey, discontented bore, though well-intentioned and VERY hardworking. Two thirds of the book were him sweating resentfully on the farm, wishing he was somewhere else, and when he was, he wasn't happy there either. He inexplicably decides to marry a prim local girl, who doesn't really want to marry him, but she wants a house of her own so... On the wedding night it's made clear he won't be sleeping with her, understandably increasing his misery. He decides the war is the answer to his problems, so he enlists. He quickly makes lieutenant, befriends a bunch of cheerful, pleasant, noble guys; many of whom die on the troopship on the way Over There (the flu is just getting started), but no one seems too fazed by it. France turns out to be picturesque, with quaint, charming girls and kindhearted farmers... until there's an attack and everyone dies. The End.

It feels empty and devoid of much serious emotional effect, all rather an "exercise" in a wartime novel. Plenty of Cather's lovely writing describing nature and surroundings, but the people are puppets and characters with little complexity or interest. I kept going, hoping for better, but it never arrived. I guess the Pulitzer folks went with topical that year.
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JulieStielstra | 38 outras críticas | Nov 19, 2023 |
With complex and memorable characters against clear prose, it's hard not to love this novel. It goes to show that you don't need to be in the middle of bustling Times Square or thrashing about on a ship over the Atlantic Ocean to have an interesting life. The plains of Nebraska can be just as dramatic.

The portrait of Alexandra Bergson showed a compelling young woman who doesn't fit into any stereotypes of a heroine readers are used to seeing. She's not a spoiled princess growing through hardships nor is she a particularly romantic shepherdess you find in old poetry. She's Alexandra with her own flaws and features, and she defies reader expectations the same way she defies her brothers'. She's the driving force of the story, and its heart despite Cather's attempts to make the novel about the land.

Alexandra isn't the only main character in the book. While Emil Bergson (her youngest brother) and Marie Toveksy (her neighbor) are interesting in of themselves, I feel like the story lost a little of something by focusing so much on them later in the novel. Their stories, which were well-written and certainly affected Alexandra, came at the expense of Alexandra's growth earlier in the novel. Personally, I would've loved to see Alexandra grow into the formidable farmer and businesswoman she becomes after the first part. Instead, all readers see is a confident, older woman. It's as if her accomplishments mean nothing, and Alexandra herself often downplays them, instead insisting that everything she's worked for is only worth it so Emil can get work off the farm. It feels demeaning to our heroine.

In reading Willa Cather's Wikipedia page, I learned she faced criticism later in life for her conservative ideas, her disdain of how other women wrote, and her preference for male protagonists. That comes through in this novel, particularly in the ending where Alexandra seems to throw herself at the feet of men for salvation. It's of note that while Cather thought authors like the Brontes and Austen were too sentimental, her story-telling is very similar to theirs. I was strongly reminded of the ending of Jane Eyre when reading this, only switch out Jane Eyre with a young man and Rochester with Alexandra.

In spite of that, Cather's prose is clear and evocative in its simplicity. Her cast is diverse and rich. I highly recommend this Great American Novel. If you didn't like Tom Sawyer, you'll probably like this.
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readerbug2 | 162 outras críticas | Nov 16, 2023 |
Breathtaking and heartbreaking, O Pioneers! has so much more depth and feeling than I anticipated going in. It's easy to see a prototypical Steinbeck here in the way Willa Cather breathes life into her characters, and sees them through the wild paths of joy and sorrow their lives take. Incredible, I can't wait to read more of her work.
DarthFisticuffs | 162 outras críticas | Nov 7, 2023 |
It took me way too many years to discover this treasure! I am amazed by the author's liberal feminism in the early 1900s! She is also a master of description, imaginative plot, and intriguing character development. Then, with adding the difficult pioneer setting, Cather created a masterpiece.

The copy of Cather's book that I read had a detailed Foreward by Doris Grumbach, that, while probably very good, was a little too much for this beginner to wade through before beginning Cather's books; it nearly kept me from even starting the book.… (mais)
mapg.genie | 162 outras críticas | Oct 31, 2023 |


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