In the early 1890s, she attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and graduated in 1895. As a student, Cather wrote stories, poems, plays, and drama and music criticism. Although medicine was her stated career goal, one of her teachers submitted a Cather essay on Thomas Carlyle to the local newspaper. The experience served as Cather's inauguration into the writing vocation.In 1896, she was appointed managing editor of the Home Monthly in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The following year, she went to work at the Pittsburgh Daily Leader. In 1901, she began teaching Latin and English at Allegheny High School in Pittsburgh. In Pittsburgh, Cather boarded with the wealthy family of her close friend and rumored lover, Isabelle McClung. She would stay with the McClungs between her travels until 1915, when Isabelle married a concert violinist. For the remainder of her life,
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