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There are few female authors that have had an impact on literature as great as that of Willa Cather Not only was she an exquisite author but she broke through into writing during a time when few female authors were successful Her life which was directly influential to her writing was of a simple nature However she was able to over come a drab mundane life and turn her experiences into stories that would be enjoyed by many generations Willa Siebert Cather was born in her maternal grandmothers home in 1873 in the western region of Virginia Robinson Cathers name was originally Willela after her fathers younger sister who died as a child but the family always called her Willie They did this because as a child Willa altered her name in the family Bible and insisted that she was named after her uncle William Sibert Boak Woodress In the spring of 1883 when Willa was nine the Cathers moved to a farm near Red Cloud Nebraska Cather described her thoughts of this land to an interviewer She said As we drove further and further out into the country I felt a good deal as we had come to the end of everything Cather quoted in Woodress They came to Nebraska by train because the journey by wagon would have been long and tiring Cathers first home in the state of Nebraska was with her Grandfather Robinson Its most characteristic feature which she described faithfully in My Antonia was a basement kitchen and dining room Robinson However a year later the Cathers left the farm to live in the town of Red Cloud so the children could attend school Red Cloud was a town of 2500 people The people of Red Cloud played an important part in the life and work of Willa Cather There were many people in the town who inspired her and she sought interesting adults wherever she
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