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Willa Cather on Writing Through Troubled Times: A Moving Letter to Her Younger Brother

“The test of one’s decency is how much of a fight one can put up after one has stopped caring, and after one has found out that one can never please the people they wanted to please.” Willa Cather


You can feel the spirit of the plains and those remarkable women who settled it in every perfect word that Willa Cather writes.

My Antonia by Willa Cather. Slow, but beautiful. Cather really knew how to write, how to depict something so eloquently that you start seeing everyday things (like grass) in a new light. My Antonia was a great example of her work and a story of just life and people.

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Great Books III – Willa Cather

Willa Cather novels are typically set in the prairies of the Midwest.  She wrote novels, short stories, and poetry, winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1922 for One of Ours.  Cather’s writing is carefully crafted and still compelling today.  Try My Antonia if you’ve never read her and Death Comes for the Archbishop for a more challenging read.


Shadows on the Rock by Willa Cather, 1931. First edition at the Derby Public Library in Derby, CT. (WildmooBooks)