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Willa Cather festival returns to tiny Red Cloud, Neb.

Willa Cather festival returns to tiny Red Cloud, Neb.

In her books, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Willa Cather celebrated the American prairie. Although she ultimately moved to New York, the town of Red Cloud, Neb., where she grew up, was the inspiration for much of her fiction. Red Cloud may have gotten more modern since her family lived there in the late 1800s, but it hasn't gotten any bigger. The town -- population just over 1,000 -- is home to the Willa Cather Foundation, and will host the 60th annual Willa Cather Spring Conference and the 15th annual International Willa Cather Seminar concurrently next month. In Red Cloud, the Willa Cather Foundation has restored and preserved the home, church and farm that appear in...

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