Cather, Willa (1873-1947)

Cather, Willa

7 December 1873 – 24 April 1947


Image Information:

Date: about 1915
Source: The Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

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Author Society:

The Willa Cather Society (

Pertinent Archives:

American Antiquarian Society (correspondence with Annie Russell Marble) (

Amherst College Library (correspondence with Harrison Griswold Dwight) (

Columbia University, Oral History Collection (interviews on women such as Cather) (

Columbia University, Rare Books and Manuscript Library (correspondence with Marie Mattingly Meloney) (

The Huntington Library (letters to Zoe Akins) (

Library of Congress, Manuscript Division (correspondence with Margaret Lee Crofts and Irita Bradford Taylor Van Doren) (

Middlebury College, Abernethy Collection of American Literature (correspondence and/or drafts) (

Nebraska State Historical Society (correspondence, articles, stories, research material, photos, scrapbooks, clippings, and other papers, including theatrical columns from Lincoln Courier and Nebraska State Journal; information about her early career) (

The New York Public Library, Manuscripts and Archives (typescripts with revisions consist of A Chance MeetingLucy Gayheart [1935],My Mortal Enemy [1926], and Shadows on the Rock [1931]; also revised galley proofs of Sapphira and the Slave Girl [1940]) (

New York Society Library (poetry scrapbooks of Marion King containing letters of Cather) (

Newberry Library (correspondence of Benjamin Hitz on his research of Cather; letters from Cather to Irene Miner Weisz; correspondence with Malcolm Cowley) (

Princeton University Library, Manuscript Division (correspondence, legal documents, manuscripts, and other records pertaining to publications by Scribner’s of works including Cather’s) (

Smith College, Neilson Library, Rare Book Room (letters and/or manuscripts) (

Smith College, Sophia Smith Collection (biographical data, reviews, clippings, articles on women as writers from 19th-20th centuries, including Cather) (

University of Arkansas Library (letters to Frank Arthur Swinnerton) (

University of California, Berkeley, The Bancroft Library, Manuscripts Division (correspondence with Gelett Burgess and Sidney Coe Howard) (

University of California, Berkeley, The Bancroft Library, University Archives (letters from Cather) (

University of New Hampshire Library, Special Collections (correspondence and manuscripts) (

University of Virginia Library, Manuscripts Department (correspondence, manuscripts, photos, and other papers) (

University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center (correspondence, a postcard, notes) (

Willa Cather Historical Center (correspondence to residents of Red Cloud, manuscripts about Cather, book reviews, photos, periodicals, clippings, and museum items related to Cather’s life and writing) (



Legacy References:


Apthorp, Elaine Sargent. “Re-Visioning Creativity: Cather, Chopin, Jewett.” Legacy 9.1 (1992): 1-22.

Boutry, Katherine. “Between Registers: Coming In and Out Through Musical Performance in Willa Cather’s The Song of the Lark.”Legacy 17.2 (2000): 187-98. [MUSE] [GW] [LION]

Bower, Stephanie. “‘Something Coarse and Concealed’: Female Sexuality in Willa Cather’s A Lost Lady.” Legacy 17.1 (2000): 59-72.[GW] [LION]

Boyd, Anne E. “Review of Francesca Sawaya’s Modern Women, Modern Work: Domesticity, Professionalism, and American Writing, 1890-1950.” Legacy 22.1 (2005): 88. [LION]

Boyle, Karen Echard. “Review of Cather Studies, Volume 3.” Legacy 15.1 (1998): 116. [GW] [LION]

Carlin, Deborah. “Review of Deborah Lindsay Williams’s Not in Sisterhood: Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, Zona Gale, and the Politics of Female Authorship.” Legacy 20.1 (2003): 213. [GW] [LION]

Elliott, Mary. “When Girls Will Be Boys: ‘Bad’ Endings and Subversive Middles in Nineteenth-Century Tomboy Narratives and Twentieth-Century Lesbian Pulp Novels.” Legacy 15.1 (1998): 92-97. [GW] [LION]

Fisher-Wirth, Ann W. “Reading Marian Forrester.” Legacy 9.1 (1992): 35-48.

Fisher-Wirth, Ann. “Review of Willa Cather and Georgine Milmine’s The Life of Mary Baker G. Eddy and the History of Christian Scienceand David Harrell’s From Mesa Verde to ‘The Professor’s House.'” Legacy 12.1 (1996): 62-65.

Harbison, Sherrill. “Review of Hermione Lee’s Willa Cather: Double Lives.” Legacy 9.1 (1992): 65-69.

Johnson, Rochelle. “Review of eds. Thomas S. Edwards and Elizabeth De Wolfe’s Such News of the Land: US Women Nature Writers.”Legacy 19.2 (2002): 261-62. [GW] [LION]

Kaye, Frances W. “Review of Sharon O’Brien’s Willa Cather: The Emerging Voice.” Legacy 4.1 (1987): 51-52.

Kaye, Frances W. “Review of Merrill Maguire Skaggs’s After the World Broke in Two: The Later Novels of Willa Cather and Jo Ann Middleton’s Willa Cather’s Modernism: A Study of Style and Technique.” Legacy 9.1 (1992): 69-71.

Kaye, Frances W. “Review of Merrill Maguire Skaggs’s After the World Broke in Two: The Later Novels of Willa Cather and Jo Ann Middleton’s Willa Cather’s Modernism: A Study of Style and Technique.” Legacy 9.1 (1992): 69-71.

Lindemann, Marilee. “Review of Joan Acocella’s Willa Cather and the Politics of Criticism, Jonathan Goldberg’s Willa Cather and Others, and Janis P. Stout’s Willa Cather: The Writer and Her World.” Legacy 20.1 (2003): 191-93. [GW] [LION]

Littenberg, Marcia. “Review of Josephine Donovan’s After the Fall: The Demeter-Persephone Myth in Wharton, Cather, and Glasgowand Sarah Way Sherman’s Sarah Orne Jewett, An American Persephone.” Legacy 7.1 (1990): 65-6.

Logan, Lisa M. “Review of ed. Susan L. Roberson’s Women, America, and Movement: Narratives of Relocation.” Legacy 17.1 (2000): 111-12. [GW] [LION]

McComas, Dix. “Willa Cather’s One of Ours: In Distant Effigy.” Legacy 14.2 (1997): 93-109. [GW] [LION]

Merish, Lori. “Review of Melanie Dawson’s Laboring to Play: Home Entertainment and the Spectacle of Middle-Class Cultural Life, 1850-1920.” Legacy 23.2 (2006): 210-12. [LION]

Pisiak, Roxanna. “Review of Tom Quirk’s Bergson and American Culture: The Worlds of Willa Cather and Wallace Stevens.” Legacy 9.1 (1992): 72-76.

Pisiak, Roxanna. “Review of Tom Quirk’s Bergson and American Culture: The Worlds of Willa Cather and Wallace Stevens.” Legacy 9.1 (1992): 72-76.

Putzi, Jennifer. “Review of ed. Paula Bernat Bennett’s Nineteenth-Century American Women Poets: An Anthology and ed. Susan Cummins Miller’s A Sweet, Separate Intimacy: Women Writers of the American Frontier, 1800-1920.” Legacy 18.1 (2001): 109-10.[GW] [LION]

Reynolds, Guy. “Review of Susan J. Rosowski’s Birthing a Nation: Gender, Creativity, and the West in American Literature.” Legacy18.1 (2001): 116-17. [GW] [LION]

Rosowski, Susan. “Review of ed. Vera Norwood and Janice Monk’s The Desert Is No Lady: Southwestern Landscapes in Women’s Writing and Art.” Legacy 6.1 (1989): 74-75.

Sawaya, Francesca. “Review of ed. Janis P. Stout’s Willa Cather and Material Culture: Real-World Writing, Writing the Real World.”Legacy 23.1 (2005): 99. [LION]

Stout, Janis P. “Review of Marilee Lindemann’s Willa Cather, Queering America and ed. Sharon O’Brien’s New Essays on My Antonia.”Legacy 17.1 (2000): 115. [GW] [LION]

Stout, Janis P. “Behind ‘Reflections on Willa Cather’: Katherine Anne Porter and the Dilemmas of Literary Sisterhood.” Legacy 14.2 (1997): 110-22. [GW] [LION]

Swift, John N. “Narration and the Maternal ‘Real’ in Sapphira and the Slave Girl.” Legacy 9.1 (1992): 23-34. Legacy 9.1 (1992): 23-34.

Zink, Abbey. “Review of Jean Marie Lutes’s Front-Page Girls: Women Journalists in American Culture and Fiction, 1880-1930.” Legacy25.2 (2008): 347-48. [LION]

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