Wright Morris was born on January 6, 1910, in Central City, Nebraska, and the Nebraska plains are the setting for much of his work. His mother, Grace Osborn Morris, died within days of his birth, leaving Morris "half an orphan." His father, Will Morris, was a traveler and "wanderer" who often left Morris in the care of neighbors. During Morris's childhood the family lived in several Nebraskan towns finally settling in Omaha from 1919 to 1924. While he lived in Omaha, Morris spent two summers on his Uncle Harry and Aunt Clara's farm near Norfolk, Nebraska. Both his Uncle Harry and his Aunt Clara appear in his writing.