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Willa Cather

Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial
The Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial and Educational Foundation in Red Cloud, Nebraska, has preserved more than 190 sites in Red Cloud and Webster County that figure prominently in Cather's novels and short stories, making it possibly the largest historic district dedicated to an author in the United States. Review photographs of "Catherland" sites, Cather e-Texts, read the Willa Cather Society Newsletter and Review, and learn about upcoming events.

About Willa Cather
Includes a brief biography of Willa Cather and e-Texts of several of her works, including The Song of the Lark, My Ántonia, O Pioneers!, and The Troll Garden and Selected Stories.

Willa Cather: Domestic Goddess
Created by Kim Wells, a Ph.D. candidate at Texas A&M University specializing in American women writers, Domestic Goddesses is the award-winning online journal that she edits about her favorite authors. This site features a biography, photo gallery, and links to criticism and more information.

Willa Cather
This electronic resource for Willa Cather enthusiasts and scholars grew out of a project Anne Lindhard undertook to exhibit the best of her two fields of study: American studies and information science. Explore common themes in Cather's stories, link to critical essays, see a Cather bibliography (with links to available e-Texts), and share your thoughts on Cather's life and stories.

A Wagner Matinee by Willa Cather
"Scribbling Women," a project of the writers' theater the Public Media Foundation and New Voices, dramatizes stories by American women writers for national radio broadcast. Listen to the play A Wagner Matinee, written by Willa Cather, dramatized by Sara Baker, and directed by Martin Jenkins (requires RealAudio, a free download). The site also contains a story synopsis, literary interpretation, historical and literary contexts, biography, and a lesson plan for using the radio drama in the classroom.

Willa Cather Archive
Still in development, this archive database is a collaborative project by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nebraska Press, the Nebraska State Historical Society, and many others. It currently features an e-Text of O Pioneers! as well as the full scholarly edition of My Ántonia -- the complete e-Text, a historical essay, and commentary on the plants and animals Cather mentions in the novel. The "Cather Gallery" houses a collection of photographs from the Nebraska State Historical Society. "Cather's World" includes the text of selected Cather interviews, letters, and speeches, as well as one of the most extensive Cather biographies on the Web.

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Settling the West

New Perspectives on The West
The companion Web site to The West, Ken Burns's eight-part documentary, features a multimedia chapter-by-chapter tour of each episode; interactive biographical profiles of the men and women mentioned in the series; maps and timelines charting Western history and progress; and an archive of primary source materials amassed over five years of film production. From PBS Online.

The Northern Great Plains, 1880-1920: American Memory
More than 900 photographs from two collections depict prairie life at the turn of the 20th century, capturing moments at home and of farming and education. The Fred Hultstrand and F.A. Pazandak Photograph Collections are featured on this award-winning site from the Institute for Regional Studies at North Dakota State University.

The Oregon Trail
Compiling the research for their documentary The Oregon Trail, broadcast on PBS in 1995, Idaho State University film professor Michael Trinklein and filmmaker Steve Boettcher created this Web site. Explore historic sites along the trail, enjoy incredible tales of the pioneers' trip to the Pacific, and read diaries, memoirs, and contemporary books about the Trail experience online at the Trail Archive.

To Nebraska in 1857
Read the complete text of the 1857 travel diary of Erastus F. Beadle (1821-1894), who spent several months in Omaha, Nebraska, during the early territorial days. Beadle's diary is among the best firsthand accounts of life in a Western frontier town. Vicariously experience the hardships of travel, the glory of the frontier, and the trials and loneliness of pioneer life.

Dr. Catherine Lavender, a "born and bred" Westerner and current director of the American Studies Program at The College of Staten Island/CUNY, created this site about the study of the American West. Organized by topics as diverse as "Children of the Sun" and "CEOs in Cowboy Hats," WestWeb is an easy and engaging portal designed for learning more about the phenomenon of expansion in America and the myriad myths, legends, and lessons of the West.

Gallery of the Open Frontier
This resource-in-development marks a collaboration between the University of Nebraska Press and the National Archives (NARA). The UNP is in the process of scanning thousands of images and is working with authorities on the West to develop descriptive captions. Search the collection by geographical name, government agency, NARA number, personal name, photographer name, source, states, subject heading, or topical name.

WPA Life Histories from Nebraska
Documented by the staff of the Folklore Project of the Federal Writer's Project for the U.S. Works Progress Administration (1936-1940), these 305 first-person accounts of life in Nebraska are just a small part of the Library of Congress's collection. Subjects include folklore, local history, recreational activities, occupations, immigration, politics, and religion.

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The Metropolitan Opera
Willa Cather was a devoted opera fan, so it is fitting that among her heroine's achievements in The Song of the Lark, Thea Kronborg would perform at the Metropolitan Opera House, America's premiere operatic establishment. Cather saw the Met's company on tour in Chicago and Pittsburgh as often as she could, and was a regular at the Opera House when she lived in New York City. At the Met's Web site, you can learn more about the history of the opera house, and about the contemporary performers and performances that Cather enjoyed, and that would have surrounded Kronborg's fictional appearance there.

The Opera Hater's Guide to Opera
Gerald Lively, a self-taught opera lover, brings his unique style to this electronic guide for learning to love opera. Can you hum the theme song to The Lone Ranger? Are you a Bugs Bunny fan? Maybe you sang "Camp Granada" as a child. Probably without realizing it, you're familiar with opera. To learn which ones, you'll have to visit the site! Lively's humorous and unconventional approach provides a different perspective on the music most people love to hate, and might even teach you a thing or two about appreciating the art form.

The Three Tenors
Learn more about today's most popular opera singers at the companion site to Tibor Rudas Presents Carreras, Domingo, Pavarotti, with Levine: The Three Tenors -- Paris 1998. You'll find biographical information on the singers and conductor, more about the background of the Three Tenors and the works they perform, an essay on opera history, a glossary, an illustrated timeline, and short video clips of the performance.

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Works by Willa Cather

A Lost Lady
Alexander's Bridge
Death Comes for the Archbishop
Lucy Gayheart
My Ántonia
My Mortal Enemy
O Pioneers!
One of Ours
The Professor's House
Sapphira and the Slave Girl
Shadows on the Rock
The Song of the Lark

Other works
April Twilights
Obscure Destinies
The Old Beauty and Others
The Troll Garden
Uncle Valentine and Other Stories: Willa Cather's Uncollected Short Fiction, 1915-1929
Willa Cather's Collected Short Fiction, 1892-1912
Youth and the Bright Medusa

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Criticism and biography

Byatt, A.S., and Ignês Sodré. "Willa Cather: The Professor's House." Imagining Characters. Ed. Rebecca Swift. New York: Vintage, 1995.

Lee, Hermione. Willa Cather: Double Lives. New York: Pantheon Books, 1989.

Morrison, Toni. "Black Matters." Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination. London: Pan Books Ltd., 1993.

O'Brien, Sharon. Willa Cather: The Emerging Voice. London: Oxford University Press, 1987.

Urgo, Joseph R. Willa Cather and the Myth of American Migration. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1995.

Woodress, James. Willa Cather: A Literary Life. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1987.

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Settling the West

Cordier, Mary Hurlbut. Schoolwomen of the Prairies and Plains: Personal Narratives from Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska, 1860S-1920s. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1997.

Moburg, Vilhelm. The Emigrant Novels: The Emigrants; Unto a Good Land; The Settlers; The Last Letter Home. 4 vols. Trans. Gustaf Lannestock. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1995. (Originally published 1951-1961.)

Nelson, Jane Taylor, ed. A Prairie Populist: The Memoirs of Luna Kellie. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1992.

Olson, James C., and Ronald C. Naugle, History of Nebraska. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1997.

Rounds, Glen, illustrator. Sod Houses on the Great Plains. New York: Holiday House Press, 1996. (Children's book)

Webb, Walter Prescott. The Great Plains. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1981.

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Davis, Peter G. The American Opera Singer: The Lives and Adventures of America's Great Singers in Opera and Concert from 1825 to the Present. New York: Doubleday, 1997.

Fawkes, Richard. The History of Opera. Read by Robert Powell. United Kingdom: Naxos AudioBooks Ltd., 1999.

Holden, Amanda, and Nicholas Kenyon, eds. The Penguin Opera Guide (Abridged). New York: Penguin USA, 1999.

Newman, Ernest. The Wagner Operas. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1991.

Plotkin, Fred. Opera 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Opera. New York: Hyperion Books, 1994.

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