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Willa Cather : author and critic
Ling, Bettina.
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Publication Information:
New York : F. Watts, [2003]

Physical Description:
111 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Virginia roots -- The prairie world -- Her own identity -- A change of heart -- Editor and critic -- From journalist to teacher -- The world of publishing -- A writer finds her voice -- New inspirations -- Stories from the heart -- A literary heritage -- Final chapters -- Timeline.
Reading Level:
1120 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.7 3.0 74388.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 8.6 7 Quiz: 34641 Guided reading level: T.
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PS3505.A87 Z726 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-9-A respectfully written, slim biography that discusses the writer's life from her birth in 1873 to her death in 1947. Background information about the events and people who inspired Cather's novels is clearly presented, as is her search for spirituality in the later part of her life. Sidebars give additional information about social and political issues during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Archival photographs in sepia tones lend warmth to the text. A thorough index, a two-page time line, and selected lists of works by and about the author and Web sites conclude the book. While Ann T. Keene's Willa Cather (Messner, 1994; o.p.) is more challenging, Ling's title offers those new to Cather's work some detail and depth.-Kathryn Kosiorek, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

1 Virginia Rootsp. 7
2 The Prairie Worldp. 19
3 Her Own Identityp. 33
4 A Change of Heartp. 39
5 Editor and Criticp. 47
6 From Journalist to Teacherp. 53
7 The World of Publishingp. 61
8 A Writer Finds Her Voicep. 67
9 New Inspirationsp. 75
10 Stories From the Heartp. 79
11 A Literary Heritagep. 85
12 Final Chaptersp. 93
Timelinep. 102
To Find Out Morep. 104
A Note on Sourcesp. 106
Indexp. 107