Doug Barber

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Bruce Baker


Before she established herself as one of America's foremost novelists, Willa Cather built a reputation as one of America's most promising journalists. She started her professional career writing reviews, feature articles and columns for the newspapers of Lincoln, Nebraska during her years as a student at the University of Nebraska. From there, Cather went to Pittsburgh as a magazine and newspaper editor for several years before moving to New York City, which would become her permanent home, to be a writer and ultimately managing editor of McClure's, widely considered the foremost muckraking magazine of its time in the United States. Cather's journalism career spanned nearly 20 years and not only earned her a reputation for her skills as a writer and editor, but opened many doors and provided the occasion for many acquaintances that had a profound impact on her life and her writing.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of English and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1997 Doug Barber.