Nebraska Authors

Mildred Rhoads Bennett

Born 1909 Elk Point, SD (USA)

Died 1989-07-11
Red Cloud, NE (USA)

Willa Cather scholar

Places Lived

Red Cloud, NE

Author Of

  • Biography
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction


Biography; Literary history; Willa Cather


Bachelor of Arts, 1932, Union College, Lincoln, NE
Master of Arts in Psychology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln


Leading member of the Cather Foundation


Received an honorary degree from Andrews University in Michigan
Newsweek magazine called her one of America's 'unsung heroes' for her efforts to preserve Miss Cather's heritage
Won the International Pen Women's Award for an article on Willa Cather in Pittsburgh from the 1959 Prairie Schooner
Received the Good Neighbor Award in 1973


Founder of Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial, 1955
President of the Nebraska Writer's Guild


The World of Willa Cather. 1951. (Revised edition with notes, 1961)
Early Stories of Willa Cather. 1957. (editor)
Willa Cather's Collected Short Fiction. 1965 and 1970. (edited with introduction)
Autobiography of Mildred Bennett: The Winter is Past. 1989.

'How Willa Cather chose her names' in Names. 1962.
'Willa Cather's Bodies for Ghosts' in Kansas Q. W/S. 1990.

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