Although Willa Cather is best known for her portrayal of frontier life on the American Plains, she was actually born in Winchester, Va. Cather was 9 years old when her family moved to Red Cloud, Neb.
After attending the University of Nebraska, Cather worked as a magazine editor and teacher and wrote poetry before moving on to write about her childhood home.
With "O Pioneers" and "My Antonia" she found her characteristic themes -- the spirit and courage of the fronteir. "One of Ours," which won the Pulitzer Prize, and "A Lost Lady" mourned the passing of the pioneer spirit.
-- Encyclopedia Britannica Online