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Author photo. Title Willa Cather ca. 1912 wearing necklace from Sarah Orne Jewett Photographer/Studio/Creator Aime Dupont, New York

Title Willa Cather ca. 1912 wearing necklace from Sarah Orne Jewett Photographer/Studio/Creator Aime Dupont, New York

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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. She graduated in 1895 from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. A year later, she moved to Pittsburgh to work as a magazine editor and theater critic. From 1901 to 1906, she taught 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.
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