Before Willa Cather became a Pulitzer-prize winning author, she wrote S.S. McClure’s autobiography.
In My Autobiography, S.S. McClure’s story is shared. It is a true American rags-to-riches tale. Born into near-poverty in Ireland, McClure immigrated to Indiana with his mother when he was still a boy. After growing up on a farm in the Midwest, he moved to New York City and launched McClure s Magazine, one of the most influential American publications of all time.
Willa Cather moved to New York City to work as Managing Editor for McClure s Magazine. When McClure decided to publish his memoirs, he tapped Cather to ghostwrite it. The result is this compelling tale, exquisitely told, of which Cather said was better and truer McClure than McClure himself.
“What a light this life of his throws on our country, with its difficulties and its opportunities. If you do not read it you are going to miss a big experience and an enjoyable one. The book is as tonic as a mountain climb, as wholesome, as optimistic, and as genuine.”
– The New York Times
“A story so typically American…in reading it one is transported….”
– Chicago Tribune
“The whole is as clean-cut, as simple, as symmetrical, as classic as an elm tree.”
“Something in it is the biography of all readers.”
– Springfield (Mass.) Union
About the Author
Samuel Sidney McClure (1857-1949) was born in Ireland and emigrated to Indiana when he was nine. He later moved to New York City where he founded McClure’s Magazine.
Willa Cather (1873-1947) was born in Virginia and later moved to New York City to join the widely popular McClure’s Magazine. After leaving McClure’s to pursue her career as a writer, Cather went on to become an award-winning American author, of whom Publishers Weekly said, “many readers dearly love.”