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My Antonia

by Willa Cather
Editor Charles Mignon, Kari A. Ronning

UNP - Nebraska | January 28, 1995 | Hardcover |

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Hailed by reviewers and readers for its originality, vitality, and truth, My Ántonia secured Willa Cather's place in the first rank of American writers. Cather drew deeply on her childhood days in frontier Nebraska for her fourth novel, published in 1918. Ántonia Shimerda is memorable as the warm-hearted daughter of Bohemians who must adapt to a hard life on the desolate prairie. She survives and matures, a pioneer woman made radiant by spirit.

This Willa Cather Scholarly Edition of My Ántonia is edited according to standards set by the Committee for Scholarly Editions of the Modern Language Association and it presents the full range of biographical, historical, and textual information on the novel. The selection of W. T. Benda's illustrations and the historical photography and maps also illuminate the fiction of a writer who drew so extensively on actual experience.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 543 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 0.79 in

Published: January 28, 1995

Publisher: UNP - Nebraska

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0803214685

ISBN - 13: 9780803214682

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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My Antonia

My Antonia

by Willa Cather
Editor Charles Mignon, Kari A. Ronning

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 543 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 0.79 in

Published: January 28, 1995

Publisher: UNP - Nebraska

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0803214685

ISBN - 13: 9780803214682

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Hailed by reviewers and readers for its originality, vitality, and truth, My Ántonia secured Willa Cather's place in the first rank of American writers. Cather drew deeply on her childhood days in frontier Nebraska for her fourth novel, published in 1918. Ántonia Shimerda is memorable as the warm-hearted daughter of Bohemians who must adapt to a hard life on the desolate prairie. She survives and matures, a pioneer woman made radiant by spirit.

This Willa Cather Scholarly Edition of My Ántonia is edited according to standards set by the Committee for Scholarly Editions of the Modern Language Association and it presents the full range of biographical, historical, and textual information on the novel. The selection of W. T. Benda's illustrations and the historical photography and maps also illuminate the fiction of a writer who drew so extensively on actual experience.

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Willa Cather called My Ántonia “the best thing I’ve done.” For Oliver Wendell Holmes, My Ántonia had “unfailing charm, perhaps not to be defined; a beautiful tenderness, a vivifying imagination that transforms but does not distort or exaggerate.” This novel secured her a place in the first rank of American writers. H. L. Mencken declared it “one of the best [novels] any American has ever done.” Cather drew deeply on her childhood days in frontier Nebraska for her fourth novel, published in 1918. Old immigrant neighbors inspired many of the characters, particularly the heroine. Ántonia Shimerda is memorable as the warm-hearted daughter of Bohemians who must adapt to a hard life on the desolate prairie. She survives and matures, a pioneer woman made radiant by spirit. The Willa Cather Scholarly Edition is faithful to Cather’s intentions for the novel as she prepared it for publication in 1918. W. T. Benda’s illustrations, omitted in many later reprintings, are included; Cather felt they were an integral part of the novel. The historical essay by James Woodress describes the origin, writing, and reception of the novel. The photographs help illuminate the fiction of a writer who drew extensively on actual experience. Charles Mignon is a professor of English at the University of Nebraska. Kari Ronning is assistant editor of the Cather Scholarly Edition. James Woodress is the author of Willa Cather: A Literary Life (Nebraska 1987) and editor of Cather’s The Troll Garden (Nebraska 1983).

About the Author

Kari A. Ronning is assistant editor of the Cather Scholarly Edition. Charles Mignon is professor emeritus of English at the University of Nebraska. James Woodress is the author of Willa Cather: A Literary Life and the editor of Willa Cather's The Troll Garden, both available from the University of Nebraska Press.

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"A distilled, high-level course in Cather."-Western American Literature
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