Nebraska Authors

James Woodress

AKA: James Leslie Woodress

Born 1916-07-07 Webster Groves, MO (USA)

Died 2011-05-19
Claremont/Pomona, CA (USA)

James Woodress was a distinguished literary biographer and historian who taught for many years at the University of California-Davis. He wrote two books on Willa Cather. His 1987 Willa Cather: A Literary Life is considered the leading scholarly biography and has been described as "contributing significantly to the high reputation that Cather currently holds among American writers." Woodress's papers relating to Cather are in the University of Nebraska Archives and Special Collections Cather collections. Not a Nebraska author but retained in the database for these connections.

Much of the remainder of Woodress's papers appear to be in the Duke University archives.

Places Lived


Author Of

  • Biography
  • Nonfiction


Willa Cather--Biography; Literary Scholarship

Places Worked

University of California


Howells in Italy. 1952.
Booth Tarkington, Gentleman from Indiana. 1955.
A Yankee’s Odyssey: The Life of Joel Barlow. 1957.
Willa Cather: Her Life and Art. 1970.
Willa Cather: A Literary Life. 1987.

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