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Willa Cather (1873–1947) grew up in Nebraska. She was the author of the novels My Antonia, and The Song of the Lark.
May 2010 Good Housekeeping selection. On My Bookshelf by Nicci French... I read and re-read My Antonia by Willa Cather, and have passed it on to family and friends. It tells the story of poverty-stricken immigrant families living on the wild plains of Nebraska, and particularly of Antonia, a spirited and generous girl from Bohemia. Fabulous and good for the soul.
Before Willa Cather turned primarily to the fiction that made her reputation, she produced striking poems that were collected in April Twilights. It was her literary debut, preceding the publication of O Pioneers! by nine years. In her introduction distinguished Cather scholar Bernice Slote notes that this edition of April Twilights restores what had been an almost lost, certainly blurred, portion of the creative life of a great novelist. Among the thirty-seven selections are the much-anthologized Grandmither, Think Not I Forget and the highly evocative Prairie Dawn. This printing includes a new introduction by Robert Thacker that provides new insights into Cather and her poetry.
HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. My Antonia is Willa Cather's masterpiece about 19th-century Nebraskan pioneers. My Antonia depicts the pioneering period of European settlement on the tall-grass prairie of the American midwest, with its beautiful yet terrifying landscape, rich ethnic mix of immigrants and native-born Americans, and communities who share life's joys and sorrows. Jim Burden recounts his memories of Antonia Shimerda, whose family settle in Nebraska from Bohemia. Together they share childhoods spent in a new world. Jim leaves the prairie for college and a career in the east, while Antonia devotes herself to her large family and productive farm. Her story is that of the land itself, a moving portrait of endurance and strength.
Set in rural Nebraska, Willa Cather's My Antonia is both the intricate story of a powerful friendship and a brilliant portrayal of the lives of rural pioneers in the late-nineteenth century. Part of the Macmillan Collector's Library, a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket-sized classics with gold-foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful books make perfect gifts or a treat for any book lover. This edition has an afterword by Bridget Bennett and original illustrations by W. T. Benda. Antonia and her family are from Bohemia and they must endure real hardship and loss to establish a new home in America. But Antonia is never broken by adversity, and her strength and love of life stays with her childhood friend Jim for years to come, even as he leaves home to study and pursue his career. Told through Jim's eyes, My Antonia is a rich and beautiful novel about childhood and growing up, different cultures and the lure of home.