Friday, May 16, 2008
The Willa Cather Archive [pdf]
Born in Virginia in 1873, Willa Cather's family moved to Nebraska at age 10. She would later attend the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and would of course share her vision of the Great Plains in novels like "O Pioneers!" and "My Antonia". In 1997, the University of Nebraska at Lincoln began a very ambitious project to digitize hundreds of Cather-authored texts and Cather scholarship for this excellent website. Currently, this collection includes digital transcriptions of five Cather books, all of her short fiction from before 1912, the complete run of "Cather Studies", multiple biographies, and several virtual tours of Cather-related locales. These materials can be located by using the search engine offered here or by clicking around sections that include "Writings", "Letters", "Life", "Gallery", and "Multimedia". Overall, it's a tremendous site, and one that merits a number of return visits.
From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2008. http://scout.wisc.edu/
Willa Cather is one of my favorite authors, especially for what she wrote about creativity and talent in "Song of the Lark." Red Cloud, her hometown, could be any of a number of small Kansas towns - it felt like Leon or Kingman, KS.
So I submit this for your consideration. And to those to whom it applies, have a great graduation tomorrow.