My Antonia

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My Antonia

by Willa Cather
Introduction by Joseph Murphy, Ph.d., D.d.
Illustrator W. T. Benda

Penguin Classics | January 18, 1994 | Trade Paperback |

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Willa Cather''s My Ántonia is considered one of the most significant American novels of the twentieth century. Set during the great migration west to settle the plains of the North American continent, the narrative follows Antonia Shimerda, a pioneer who comes to Nebraska as a child and grows with the country, inspiring a childhood friend, Jim Burden, to write her life story. The novel is important both for its literary aesthetic and as a portrayal of important aspects of American social ideals and history, particularly the centrality of migration to American culture.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: January 18, 1994

Publisher: Penguin Classics

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140187642

ISBN - 13: 9780140187649

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My Antonia

by Willa Cather
Introduction by Joseph Murphy, Ph.d., D.d.
Illustrator W. T. Benda

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: January 18, 1994

Publisher: Penguin Classics

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140187642

ISBN - 13: 9780140187649

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Chapter One I first heard of Ántonia on what seemed to me an interminable journey across the great midland plain of North America. I was ten years old then; I had lost both my father and mother within a year, and my Virginia relatives were sending me out to my grandparents, who lived in Nebraska. I travelled in the care of a mountain boy, Jake Marpole, one of the ''hands'' on my father''s old farm under the Blue Ridge, who was now going West to work for my grandfather. Jake''s experience of the world was not much wider than mine. He had never been in a railway train until the morning when we set out together to try our fortunes in a new world. We went all the way in day-coaches, becoming more sticky and grimy with each stage of the journey. Jake bought everything the newsboys offered him: candy, oranges, brass collar buttons, a watch-charm, and for me a Life of Jesse James , which I remember as one of the most satisfactory books I have ever read. Beyond Chicago we were under the protection of a friendly passenger conductor, who knew all about the country to which we were going and gave us a great deal of advice in exchange for our confidence. He seemed to us an experienced and worldly man who had been almost everywhere; in his conversation he threw out lightly the names of distant states and cities. He wore the rings and pins and badges of different fraternal orders to which he belonged. Even his cuff-buttons were engraved with hieroglyphics, and he was more inscribed
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Willa Cather''s My Ántonia is considered one of the most significant American novels of the twentieth century. Set during the great migration west to settle the plains of the North American continent, the narrative follows Antonia Shimerda, a pioneer who comes to Nebraska as a child and grows with the country, inspiring a childhood friend, Jim Burden, to write her life story. The novel is important both for its literary aesthetic and as a portrayal of important aspects of American social ideals and history, particularly the centrality of migration to American culture.

About the Author

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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A native of Ireland, Joseph Murphy (1898 — 1981) was a prolific and widely admired New Thought minister and writer, best known for his motivational classic, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, an international bestseller since it first blazed onto the self-help scene. His pamphlet How to Attract Money first appeared in 1955, and likewise entered many editions. Murphy wrote widely on the auto-suggestive and metaphysical faculties of the human mind and is considered one of the pioneering voices of affirmative-thinking philosophy.

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Set against the panoramic landscapes of Nebraska, My Antonia pastes together the path taken by an immigrant girl to become, in the view of narrator Jim Burden, the embodiment of strong womanhood. Jim believes that because it was towards Antonia that he turned for salvation whilst lost in the fog of his own midlife. Willa Cather intermittently weaves in and out of lyrical and realistic modes to bind rousing descriptions of the prairie-laden west to the equally innocent and suggestive woman at the centre of her novel. An engaging style accompanies a keen familiarity, as Cather writes out about a prairie culture she knew all too well.
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