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Willa Cather's Birthday


Willa Cather, 1875, Digital ID 102806, New York Public LibraryWilla Cather's birthday is December 7th. Although famous for writing about the Midwest, especially Nebraska, Cather spent much of her life and career in New York City's Greenwich Village. She took up residence at several locations in the Village including 60 Washington Square, 82 Washington Place, 5 Bank Street, and the Hotel Grosvenor.

Celebrate her birthday by reading one of her books!

Some Cather quotations:

The dead might as well try to speak to the living as the old to the young.

Give the people a new word and they think they have a new fact.

The fact that I was a girl never damaged my ambitions to be a pope or an emperor.

And, the opening sentence from O Pioneers!:

One January day, thirty years ago, the little town of Hanover, anchored on a windy Nebraska tableland, was trying not to be blown away.

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Happy Birthday Willa!

Happy Birthday, Willa! Your history and your work will always be a part of my life. I am so glad that I discovered you back in 2003. We even named our adopted kitty after you -- Willa. So I say your name many times a day and sing your praises as I read your books and research your life. You are not forgotten!

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