Willa Cather Biography | Author of Neighbor Rosicky

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Willa Cather was born in 1873 in Virginia, where her family lived in a small farming community. In 1884 her father, Charles Cather, decided to join his parents on the Nebraska Divide. The family lived for a year and half on the prairie among settlers from Bohemia, Scandinavia, France, Russia, Germany, and Denmark. Settler life on the Nebraska prairie would figure prominently in much of her writing, including two of her best-known novels, O Pioneers!(1913) and My Antonia(1918), as well as the story "Neighbour Rosicky" (1928). However, Charles Cather did not share his family's fondness for working the land and soon moved them to a nearby town of Red Cloud, Nebraska. There he worked in a real estate and loan office. Though comfortable, the family never grew prosperous. Cather later described her father as a "Virginian and a gentleman and for that reason he was fleeced on every side and taken...

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