My Antonia

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Courier Corporation, Oct 21, 1994 - Fiction - 175 pages
"The best thing I've done is "My ┴ ntonia,"" recalled Willa Cather. "I feel I've made a contribution to American letters with that book."

An unconventional novel of prairie life, "My ┴ ntonia" tells the story of a remarkable woman whose strength and passion epitomize the pioneer spirit. ┤ Antonia Shimerda returns to Black Hawk, Nebraska, to made a fresh start after eloping with a railway conductor following the tragic death of her father. Accustomed to living in a sod house and toiling alongside the men in the fields, she is unprepared for the lecherous reaction her lush sensuality provokes when she moves to the city. Despite betrayal and crushing opposition, Antonia steadfastly pursues her quest for happiness -- a moving struggle that mirrors the quiet drama of the American landscape.

"No romantic novel ever written in America, by man or woman, is one half so beautiful as "My ┴ ntonia."" --H.L. Mencken

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Wonderful book. Heartfelt and heart breaking, this book was hard to put down...I kept finding myself starting a new chapter when I should have been doing other things. Aside from the illustrative ... Read full review


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Cather's classic gets the red carpet treatment here. Along with the full text, the volume also includes historical essays and explanatary notes by scholar James Woodress along with 15 photographs and two maps. Read full review

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About the author (1994)

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Willa Cather (1873–1947) spent her formative years in Nebraska, which was at that time frontier territory. Her exposure to the region's dramatic environment and intrinsic hardships — along with its diverse population of European-Americans, Native Americans, and immigrants — shaped and informed much of her fiction.

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