O Pioneers!

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U of Nebraska Press, Nov 1, 2003 - Fiction - 416 pages
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Willa Cather said that O Pioneers! was her first authentic novel, ?the first time I walked off on my own feet?everything before was half real and half an imitation of writers whom I admired.? Cather?s novel of life on the Nebraska frontier established her reputation as a writer of great note and marked a significant turning°point in her artistic development. No longer would she let literary convention guide the form of her writing; the materials themselves would dictate the structure.

The paperback edition contains all the text and scholarly apparatus found in the original Willa Cather Scholarly Edition. Edited according to standards set by the Committee for Scholarly Editions of the Modern Language Association, this volume presents the full range of biographical, historical, and textual information on the novel.

 

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Contents

O PIONEERS
1
The Wild Land
11
Neighboring Fields
71
Winter Memories
167
The White Mulberry Tree
187
The White Mulberry Tree
189
Alexandra
243
Acknowledgments
277
Historical Essay
283
Illustrations
305
Explanatory Notes
325
Textual Commentary
349
Emendations
373
Notes on Emendations
377
Rejected Substantives
381
Word Division
387

Historical Apparatus
281

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About the author (2003)

Susan J. Rosowski (1942-2004). Charles W. Mignon is professor emeritus of English at the University of Nebraska?Lincoln. Kathleen Danker is an assistant professor of English at South Dakota State University. David Stouck is a professor of English at Simon Fraser University.

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