O Pioneers!

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Oxford University Press, UK, Mar 4, 1999 - Fiction - 224 pages
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Willa Cather's second novel, O Pioneers! (1913) tells the story of Alexandra Bergson and her determination to save her immigrant family's Nebraska farm. By placing a strong, self-reliant woman at the centre of her tale, Cather gives the quintessentially American novel of the soil a radical cast. Yet, although influenced by the democratic utopianism of Walt Whitman and the serene regionalism of Sarah Orne Jewett, O Pioneers! is more than merely an elegy for the lost glories of America's pioneer past. In its rage for order and efficiency, the novel testifies to the cultural politics of the Progressive Era, the period of massive social and economic transformations that helped to modernize the United States in the years between the Civil War and World War. - ;`For the first time, perhaps, since that land emerged from the waters of geologic ages, a human face was set toward it with love and yearning. It seemed beautiful to her, rich and strong and glorious.' Willa Cather's second novel, O Pioneers! (1913) tells the story of Alexandra Bergson and her determination to save her immigrant family's Nebraska farm. Clear-headed and fiercely independent, Alexandra's passionate faith in the prairie makes her a wealthy landowner. By placing a strong, self-reliant woman at the centre of her tale, Cather gives the quintessentially American novel of the soil a radical cast. Yet, although influenced by the democratic utopianism of Walt Whitman and the serene regionalism of Sarah Orne Jewett, O Pioneers! is more than merely an elegy for the lost glories of America's pioneer past. In its rage for order and efficiency, the novel testifies to the cultural politics of the Progressive Era, the period of massive social and economic transformations that helped to modernize the United States in the years between the Civil War and World War. -

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Vivid imagery with poetic prose style. - Goodreads
This book was very hard to read. - Goodreads
Lovely, lovely writing again. - Goodreads
Great insight into early Nebraskan pioneers. - Goodreads
Pretty depressing but lovely prose - Goodreads
The ending really let me down. - Goodreads

Review: O Pioneers! (Great Plains Trilogy #1)

User Review  - Patricia - Goodreads

Cather certainly paints a vivid picture with her words. After reading, I feel like I have experienced early 20th century life in rural Nebraska. I marveled at her writing throughout this short novel ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Marilee Lindemann is Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland.

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