Willa Cather (1873-1947) was one of the most distinguished female American novelists of the twentieth century. Setting most of her stories on the Great Plains (more specifically, Webster County, Nebraska) and the American Southwest, Cather wrote of the conflict between pioneers and the emerging modern world and of the clash between independent, adventurous spirits and the restrictions of urbanization and materialism. She imbues her characters, including many women, with the strength and determinism needed to face despair and disillusionment. Cather won the Pulitzer Prize in 1923 for her novel One of Ours, a story about a young Nebraskan in World War I, and in 1930 she won the Howells Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for her 1927 novel Death Comes to the Archbishop, which she set in New Mexico. Some of Cather's other acclaimed novels include A Lost Lady, My Antonia, and O Pioneers!
The Willa Cather stamp was issued in 1973.