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Willa Cather
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    (December 7, 1873-April 24, 1947)
    Born in Winchester, Virginia
    Wrote 'O Pioneers!' (1913), 'The Song of the Lark' (1915), 'My Antonia' (1918), 'One of Ours' (1922), 'A Lost Lady' (1923), 'My Mortal Enemy' (1926), 'Death Comes for the Archbishop' (1927), 'Shadows on the Rock' (1931) and 'Lucy Gayheart' (1935)
    As a teen, she got a crew cut, wore men's clothing and referred to herself as 'William' Cather.
    She wrote a biography of Mary Baker Eddy that outraged Christian Scientists so much that they tried to buy and destroy all the copies.
    She destroyed many of her personal papers and letters, and used her last will to restrict scholars from quoting the papers that were left.
    She shaved three years off her age and had 1876 listed as her birth year on her tombstone.
    She became a regular contributor to the Nebraska State Journal while in college.
    She was the first woman to receive an honorary degree from Princeton.
    When Sinclair Lewis won the Nobel Prize for Literature, he said that Cather was more deserving of the honor.

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