My Antonia

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Houghton Mifflin, 1954 - Czech Americans - 371 pages
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Originally published in 1918, Cather's highly-praised novel is a portrait of a pioneer woman in whose character the strengths and passions of America's early settlers are memorably rendered. "No romantic novel ever written in America, by man or woman, is one half so beautiful as My Antonia".--H.L. Mencken.

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Review: My Antonia (Great Plains Trilogy #3)

User Review  - Brenna Sherrill - Goodreads

My Antonia is kind of the opposite of a plot-motivated book, so if you're looking for that kind of story, this book isn't for you. The story is very episodic, offering glimpses into the lives of ... Read full review

Review: My Antonia (Great Plains Trilogy #3)

User Review  - Marmot - Goodreads

I liked the story, and it was interesting to read growing up in a frontier town, but it was not quite as good as I expected, based on its "classic" status. Still an enjoyable read though. Read full review

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Willa Siebert Cather was born in 1873 in the home of her maternal grandmother in western Virginia. Although she had been named Willela, her family always called her "Willa." Upon graduating from the University of Nebraska in 1895, Cather moved to Pittsburgh where she worked as a journalist and teacher while beginning her writing career. In 1906, Cather moved to New York to become a leading magazine editor at McClure's Magazine before turning to writing full-time. She continued her education, receiving her doctorate of letters from the University of Nebraska in 1917, and honorary degrees from the University of Michigan, the University of California, Columbia, Yale, and Princeton. Cather wrote poetry, short stories, essays, and novels, winning awards including the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, One of Ours, about a Nebraska farm boy during World War I. She also wrote The Professor's House, My Antonia, Death Comes for the Archbishop, and Lucy Gayheart. Some of Cather's novels were made into movies, the most well-known being A Lost Lady, starring Barbara Stanwyck. In 1961, Willa Cather was the first woman ever voted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame. She was also inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners in Oklahoma in 1974, and the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca, New York in 1988. Cather died on April 24, 1947, of a cerebral hemorrhage, in her Madison Avenue, New York home, where she had lived for many years.

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