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Episode description: In 1883, the young Willa Cather was plucked from her luxurious home in Virginia and dropped into the vast tallgrass prairies of Nebraska. The experience terrified but exhilarated her and became the force behind all of her great novels: O Pioneer, The Song of the Lark, My Antonia, Death Comes for the Archbishop, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning One of Ours. Though her life remains mysterious—she destroyed much of her personal correspondence and insisted upon specific restrictions concerning her work—she has been an inspiration to women writers and a hero to women readers, rediscovered in every decade for the past 100 years. David Strathairn narrates, and Marcia Gay Harden provides the voice of Willa Cather. [cc]

Rating: [TV-PG] (Parental Guidance Suggested)

Series Information: American Masters

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First aired: Wednesday, September 7, 2005 (excluding any air dates prior to June 1999)


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