Willa Cather Letters, to be Subject of National Monument Presentation

BEATRICE – Three University of Nebraska-Lincoln scholars will give a presentation this Sunday, about the personal letters of famed Nebraska author and Pulitzer Prize-winner Willa Cather.

The presentation, at the Homestead National Monument of America’s Education Center, will focus on letters which have been electronically digitized.

Scholars Andrew Jewell, Emily Rau and Melissa Homestead will be presenting their work Sunday, at two p.m.  UNL’s Center for Digital Research in the Humanities placed more than 400 of Willa Cather’s personal letters online, in January.  Additional letters have been added, since that time.  The UNL Center’s goal is to have one-thousand, five hundred of Cather’s more than three thousand known letters online, before the end of the year.

Cather originally instructed that her letters not be published after her death, but that ban was lifted in 2011.

Homestead National Monument of America Superintendent Mark Engler says Cather is closely linked to the nation’s homesteading history and many of her writings focus on homesteading experiences under the 1862 Homestead Act.

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