"The Way Of The World" Is Published

The Way of the World is a short story by Willa Cather.

It was first published in Home Monthly in April 1898.

Six boys live quietly together. Their main play is creating their "town": one boy is mayor, another a grocer, and so on. One day a girl, Mary Eliza Jenkins, makes friends with the mayor and the other "men", until they let her become a full citizen and open a new restaurant. It is a success until a boy from Chicago comes along and she devotes all her time to him. When the others tell her he must go, she decides to start her own town with him nearby. After her departure, no one is willing to put in any work at the game any more.

Willa Sibert Cather (December 7, 1873 – April 24, 1947) was an American author who grew up in Nebraska. She is best known for her depictions of frontier life on the Great Plains in novels such as O Pioneers!, My Ántonia, and The Song of the Lark.