Terese Svoboda, author of Bohemian Girl, traces Willa Cather’s footsteps around the City.
Willa Cather also quickly fell for the spectacle of the City. After all, men wore top hats to breakfast. But its enormous possibilities exact a price now from its tenants just the way the prairies’ seemingly unlimited opportunities did for the pioneers. All the distractions! All the ways we could fail! But mostly, what prospects! Moving from staid Pittsburgh, Cather chose to live downtown—as I did—for its Bohemian lifestyle, far from the mores of the real Bohemians she’d left behind.