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We received the following email in response to NET News reporter Hilary Stohs-Krause’s story exploring the controversy and contents of a new book of Willa Cather’s private correspondence:
I write to inquire about the correct pronunciation of the last name of one of Nebraska’s greatest citizens and authors.
Since I have been in Nebraska - 1966, I have always heard the name Cather pronounced like lath with a ‘c’ instead of the ‘l’ - followed by er - CATH er.
I lived in Cather Hall on the campus of the University of Nebraska for 1 1/2 years and never heard it pronounced as your reporter repeatedly did by enunciating it as in ’lather’ with a ‘c’.
I have just finished reading My Antonia (last night) and O Pioneers! within the last several weeks and was stunned to hear that pronunciation.
Please let me know if I have been in error all these years with my pronunciation so I can correctly honor Willa Cather.
Stohs-Krause, not a native Nebraskan, had taken her pronunciation cue from Cather expert Andrew Jewell, featured in the story. But Mr. Eggert’s email made us all wonder. We contacted the Willa Cather Foundation in Red Cloud, Neb„ and they confirmed that her name is pronounced with a “soft t-h,” like “rather.”
Perhaps it’s a regional flavor, like whether you say “Norfolk” or “Norfork” for the north-central Nebraska city; Mr. Eggert said he lived in Lincoln for 10 years and has been in Kearney, Neb. for about 30.
Apr 2, 2013 - 4:30 pm
Omaha tribe member Gloria Grant Gone, director of the Omaha Nation Abuse Intervention Project, speaking about the murder of her best friend in 1991. NET News reporter Hilary Stohs-Krause looks at domestic violence and sexual assault on Nebraska’s reservations in the first of a two-part special report; part two airs next Tuesday, April 9.