Willa Cather

1986 Cowgirl Honoree – Nebraska

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(1873-1947)

Willa’s sensitivity to her surroundings appeared repeatedly in her stories and books. Raised on the edge of the western frontier, she wrote with a passion and clarity grounded in her own knowledge of the stories of early Nebraska settlers. Willa was editor of a national magazine, author of bestselling novels and winner of the Pulitzer Prize and several honorary degrees. Her writings were the first to mark America’s literary “coming of age.”