Willa Cather – 1873-1947
Born in Virginia, Cather moved with her family at age nine to frontier Nebraska, where she imbibed the life of the immigrant settlers of the Great Plains. She graduated from the University of Nebraska and made her way as a journalist, then earned her first literary fame with stories from the Nebraska frontier, O, Pioneers! (1913) and My Antonia (1918). Her 1922 One of Ours was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.