Early Novels and Stories, Volume 1

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Literary Classics of the U.S., 1987 - Fiction - 1336 pages
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The first of three volumes presenting the writings of Willa Cather includes her early book of stories and first four novels. The troll garden: Cather's first short story collection, originally published in 1905, depicts characters who seek the realm of beauty and imagination, but are confronted by the vulgarity and brutality of American society. O pioneers!: In Nebraska at the end of the nineteenth century, Swedish immigrant Alexandra Bergson leads her family to success, but not without personal sacrifice. The song of the lark: Follows the life of Thea Kronberg from her childhood in 19th-century Colorado to her career as a renowned opera singer. My Antonia: The reminiscences of a New York lawyer, Jim Burden, about his boyhood in Nebraska, particularly a young Bohemian girl named Antonia Shimerda, are set against the backdrop of the American assimilation of the immigrant. One of ours: The son of a prosperous Nebraska farmer yearns to leave his prairie home.

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User Review  - Greg Brozeit - Goodreads

Cather had an incredible gift for descriptive and expository writing. Her stories of the Great Plains--O Pioneers, My Antonia and the first half of Song of the Lark--are rightly considered the most ... Read full review

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User Review  - Dan Crews - Goodreads

I read 'O Pioneers' a year ago and Song of the Lark last Spring. Cather is truth a classic writer. Alexandra and Thea step right off the pages. I got right beside them and wanted them to succeed. Some ... Read full review

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Born in Virginia in 1873 and raised on a Nebraska ranch, Willa Cather is known for her beautifully evocative short stories and novels about the American West. Cather became the managing editor for McClure's Magazine in 1906 and lived for forty years in New York City with her companion Edith Lewis. In 1922 Cather won the Pulitzer Prize for One of Ours, the story of a Western boy in World War I. In 1933 she was awarded the Prix Femina Americaine "for distinguished literary accomplishments." She died in 1947.

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