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This list of biographies, literary criticism, and Cather-related Web links will help students as they research their projects. Additional books and Web sites can be found in Links and Bibliography.


Bennett, Mildred R. The World of Willa Cather. New York: Dodd Mead, and Co., 1951.

Brown, E. K. Willa Cather: A Critical Biography. New York: Knopf, 1953.

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

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

Robinson, Phyllis C. Willa: The Life of Willa Cather. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1983.

Sergeant, Elizabeth Shepley. Willa Cather: A Memoir. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1963.

Slote, Bernice. Willa Cather: A Pictorial Memoir. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1973.

Woodress, James. Willa Cather: A Literary Life. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1982.


Bloom, Harold. Modern Critical Views: Willa Cather. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1985.

Gerber, Phillip. Willa Cather. Rev. ed. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1995.

McFarland, Dorothy Tuck. Willa Cather. New York: Frederick Ungar, 1972.

Murphy, John J. ed. Critical Essays on Willa Cather. Boston: G. K. Hall and Co., 1984.

Rosowski, Susan J. The Voyage Perilous: Willa Cather's Romanticism. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1986.

Schroeter, James ed. Willa Cather and Her Critics. New York: Cornell University Press, 1967.

Slote, Bernice, and Virginia Faulkner. The Art of Willa Cather. Lincoln University of Nebraska Press, 1974.

Novels by Willa Cather

(in order of publication)
Alexander's Bridge. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1912.
O Pioneers! Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1913.
The Song of the Lark. New York: Alfred K. Knopf, 1915.
My Ántonia. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1918.
One of Ours. New York: Alfred K. Knopf, 1922.
A Lost Lady. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1923.
The Professor's House. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1925.
My Mortal Enemy. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1926.
Death Comes for the Archbishop. New York: Alfred K. Knopf, 1927.
Shadows on the Rock. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1931.
Lucy Gayheart. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1935.
Sapphira and the Slave Girl. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1940.

Web Sites

General sites about Willa Cather

Willa Cather Homepage
One of the first Cather Web sites, this one is a good beginning point for students. The site is especially useful for its links, which are authoritative and opinionated and include essays, quotations, publications, Cather discussion groups, photographs, and articles. Be aware that the site contains links to "lesbian aspects of Cather's life."

Willa Cather Archive
Under construction, this site claims it will be the most complete Web site for information on Willa Cather. Sponsored by the University of Nebraska, it will cover her writing and her life and times, with a feature called "Cather Today" that will show the "major intersections between Cather's texts and our times." Everything from Cather's published writing to letters, maps, photographs, newspaper articles, interviews, and timelines on Cather will be included. There will also be an archive database that will allow visitors to combine images, audio, video, and text into multimedia presentations.

The Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial and Education Foundation
The chief value of this site for teachers and students is an extensive and well-organized list of links to a wide variety of other sites about Cather, including essays, biographical information, and teacher's guides to several Cather works.

Willa Cather's Red Cloud
This site offers an engaging and quick audio tour of Cather's hometown, supported with text and photographs. The tour visits her childhood home and other important sites in Red Cloud, and briefly puts in that context the continued importance and relevance of Cather's work.

Sites related to Cather and The Song of the Lark

The Song of the Lark by Jules Breton (painting)
This link connects solely to an image of the Breton painting from which Cather took the name of her novel. Breton (1829-1906) was a French painter known especially for his depictions of rural peasant life. Though popular in his own time, he was rejected by Modernists as too "sentimental."

Northern Great Plains, 1880-1920
900 photographs and articles show visitors the Northern Great Plains at the turn of the century, depicting every aspect of daily life at the time. There are "search and browse" options as well as education and activities pages.

Scribbling Women
Besides linking browsers to the work of other women writers, this site contains a radio dramatization of Cather's story, "A Wagner Matinee," which can be connected thematically in numerous ways with The Song of the Lark.

Willa Cather's My Ántonia: "The Happiness and the Curse"
A scholarly and thorough source for teachers on Cather's most-taught novel, My Ántonia, this site features a lengthy critical overview of the novel, as well as discussion questions by chapter and a final "unit evaluation."

Great Books Index: Willa Cather (1876-1947)
This site carries the full text of The Song of the Lark from three different providers.

Integrating Cather's Works with History and Literature
For students and teachers seeking to put Cather's work in the context of other American literature of the time, Kathryn Van Spanckeren's An Outline of American Literature: 1860-1914 provides a detailed summary of the history and literary movements of the era. Essays on and outlines of all periods of American literature, history, government, economy, and geography make this a very useful site.

The Opera Hater's Guide to Opera
Easy to follow and humorous, this site gives a 13 chapter introduction to opera for the novice. With opera vocabulary found in The Song of the Lark defined throughout and a final appendix and opera chronology, this is an engaging beginning point for student research.

Metropolitan Opera History
Though probably more useful for teachers, students interested in knowing where Thea Kronborg performs in The Song of the Lark can visit this site and see photographs and read information about performances and performers throughout the Met's history.

Peoples of the American Southwest
This link can help students visualize and understand the significance of the "Ancient People" section in The Song of the Lark. With information on the Anasazi and other native peoples, photographs of cliff dwellings, and links to Mesa Verde, this site can be used for either brief or extensive research into Cather's fascination with "the cliff dwellers."

American Authors on the Web
This frequently updated site contains hundreds of links to sites dealing with American authors writing in all genres, from Harriet Beecher Stowe to Joyce Carol Oates. The chronological list of authors, which spans 500 years, from pre-colonial to modern times, is exceptional in its thoroughness. The major Willa Cather sites are linked here, but teachers might find this site especially useful in helping students make some of the suggested connections between The Song of the Lark and other American literature.

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