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WIlla Cather was born near Winchester, Virginia, in 1873. When she was ten years old, her family moved to the prairies of Nebraska, later the setting for a number of her novels. After the publication of Alexander's Bridge, in 1912, Cather devoted herself full time to writing, and, over the years, completed eleven more novels (including O Pioneers!, My Antoinia, The Professor's House, and Death Comes for the Archbishop), four collections of short stories, and two volumes of essays. Cather won the Pulitzer Prize for One of Ours in 1923. She died in 1947.