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Willa Cather (1873-1947)

"Art, it seems to me, should simplify. That, indeed, is very nearly the whole of the higher artistic process; finding what conventions of form and what detail one can do without and yet preserve the spirit of the whole."


Major Works:

April Twilights (poetry), 1903, 1923
The Troll Garden (stories), 1905
Alexander's Bridge, 1912
The Song of the Lark, 1915
My Antonia, 1918
Youth and the Bright Medusa (stories), 1920
One of Ours, 1922
A Lost Lady, 1923
The Professor's House, 1925
My Mortal Enemy, 1926
Death Comes for the Archbishop, 1927
Shadows on the Rock, 1931
Obscure Destinies (stories), 1932
Lucy Gayheart, 1935
Not Under Forty (essays retitled Literary Excursions in the Autograph Edition of Cather's collected works, 1937-41), 1936
Sapphira and the Slave Girl, 1940
The Old Beauty and Others, 1948
Willa Cather on Writing, 1949
Uncle Valentine and Other Stories: 1915-1929, 1973
Willa Cather in Person: Interviews, Speeches, and Letters, 1986.