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Wilella "Willa" Cather was born on her maternal grandmother's farm in Back Creek Valley, near Winchester, Virginia. In 1883, when she was nine years old, the family moved to the Nebraska frontier, eventually settling in Red Cloud, the prairie town that became synonymous with her. Willa felt a particular kinship with the older immigrant women she met, and spent hours visiting them and listening to their stories. She graduated in 1895 from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, where she decided to become a writer. A year later, she moved to Pittsburgh to work as a magazine editor and theater critic. From 1901 to 1906, she took a break from journalism to teach high school English. During this time, she published April Twilights (1903), a book of poems, and The Troll Garden (1905), a collection of short stories. At age 33, she moved to New York City, her primary home for the rest of her life, although she also traveled widely. She won national and international acclaim for her novels of life on the Great Plains, including O Pioneers! (1913), The Song of the Lark (1915), and My Ántonia (1918). In 1923 she received the Pulitzer Prize for One of Ours (1922).
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