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My Ántonia

by Willa Cather
Editor Joseph R. Urgo

Broadview Press | March 12, 2003 | Trade Paperback

My Ántonia is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.
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 Ántonia 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. The Broadview edition includes a rich selection of primary source materials: the revised introduction for the 1926 edition; Cather's "Mesa Verde Wonderland is Easy to Reach...," "Nebraska: The End of the First Cycle," "Peter", and her comments on the novel; contemporary reviews and photographs.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 322 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.62 in

Published: March 12, 2003

Publisher: Broadview Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1551114917

ISBN - 13: 9781551114910

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captures the Immigrant Experience Cather's novel of rural life in Nebraska in the early 20th century depicts the struggles of the Shimerda family and the distinct obstacles they face as immigrants and outsiders. This is essential reading for anyone interested in what it feels like as an "other" trying to find an identity in a new country and a new home.
Date published: 2006-06-01

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My Ántonia

My Ántonia

by Willa Cather
Editor Joseph R. Urgo

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 322 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.62 in

Published: March 12, 2003

Publisher: Broadview Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1551114917

ISBN - 13: 9781551114910

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction Willa Cather: A Brief Chronology A Note on the Text My Ántonia Appendix A: Cather's Revised Introduction to the 1926 Edition of My Ántonia Appendix B: Cather's "Mesa Verde Wonderland is Easy to Reach" Appendix C: Cather's "Nebraska: The End of the First Cycle" Appendix D: Cather's "Peter" Appendix E: Interviews and Commentary by Cather on My Ántonia 1. Latrobe Carroll, "Willa Sibert Cather," Bookman, 3 May 1921 2. "A Talk with Miss Cather," Webster County Argus, 29 September 1921 3. Eleanor Hinman, "Willa Cather," Lincoln Sunday Star, 6 November 1921 4. Rose C. Field, "Restlessness Such as Ours Does Not Make for Beauty," New York Times Book Review, 21 December 1924 Appendix F: Contemporary Reviews of the Novel 1. Randolph Bourne, The Dial, 14 December 1918 2. H.W. Boynton, Bookman, December 1918 3. C.L.H., New York Call, 13 November 1918 4. A.L.A. Booklist, 1918 5. Book Review Digest, 1918 6. Independent, 25 January 1919 7. New York Times, 6 October 1918 8. Nation, 2 November 1918 9. The Globe and Commercial Advertiser, 11 January 1919 10. H.L. Mencken, The Smart Set, 17 February 1919 Appendix G: Photographs of Nebraska 1. Primitive Dugout 2. Sod House 3. Threshing Scene 4. The Pavelka Farm 5. Anna Sadilek 6. Blind Boone 7. The University of Nebraska Appendix H: Immigration to and Migration Across America 1. Nebraska Land Company, Czech Language Immigration Poster
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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 Ántonia 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. The Broadview edition includes a rich selection of primary source materials: the revised introduction for the 1926 edition; Cather's "Mesa Verde Wonderland is Easy to Reach...," "Nebraska: The End of the First Cycle," "Peter", and her comments on the novel; contemporary reviews and photographs.

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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 Ántonia 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. The Broadview edition includes a rich selection of primary source materials: the revised introduction for the 1926 edition; Cather's "Mesa Verde Wonderland is Easy to Reach...," "Nebraska: The End of the First Cycle," "Peter", and her comments on the novel; contemporary reviews and photographs.

About the Author

Joseph R. Urgo is a Professor in the English Department at The University of Mississippi, Oxford. He is the author of Willa Cather and the Myth of American Migration (Illinois UP 1995), In the Age of Distraction (Mississippi UP 2000), and other critical studies in American literature and culture.

Editorial Reviews

"This edition is distinguished by its broad editorial attention to history: to the pioneering era that Cather's novel describes and to the pre-World War I U.S. in which it was written. Most interestingly, the primary documents convincingly connect My Ántonia not only to Cather's developing aesthetic theory but also to broad American cultural concerns of immigration, conservation, and national self-definition. This edition allows readers to see the novel as a complexly articulated response to the great issues and energies of America as it entered the modern age."