Hailed by reviewers and readers for its originality, vitality,
and truth, My Ántonia
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.