American novelist Willa Cather was born on this day in 1873, in Virginia.
When she was 10 years old, she moved to Nebraska, where she grew up and which she later made the setting of her most famous novels, O Pioneers! and My Antonia.
H. L. Mencken said of her and her books:
"I don't care how well she writes; I don't give a damn what people in Nebraska do."