Between the Lines Book Club kicks off Fall with My Antonia, by Willa Cather. We’ll be meeting to discuss the book tomorrow (September 22, 2018) at Arden Dimick Library, at 10:30AM. Here are five fun facts about Willa Cather!
- Cather enjoyed writing from a male point of view. The narrator in My Antonia is based on her, and the character of Antonia is based on her friend Annie Pavelka.
2. Cather won the Pulitzer Prize for One of Ours, a book based on one of her relatives who left Nebraska to fight in WWI.
3. She published her first novel in 1912, when she was 39 (Alexander’s Bridge). However, she often referred to O Pioneers, which was published a year later, as her first novel.
4. Cather grew up a “tomboy” and as an adult wore a male hairstyle and dressed in male styles of clothing. She lived with the editor Edith Lewis for 39 years, a relationship that only ended with Cather died. Lewis and Cather are buried next to each other, in New Jersey.
5. Cather generally disliked women authors, but she did enjoy the work of Katherine Mansfield, the Brontes, Jane Austen, and George Eliot.
Bonus: The Willa Cather Foundation owns and protects 612 acres of native prairie and works to “return this land to its 19th century conditions.”