My Ántonia by Willa CatherMy Ántonia by Willa Cather

My Ántonia

byWilla Cather

Paperback | June 1, 2013


Hailed by reviewers and readers for its originality, vitality, and truth, this novel secured Willa Cather a place in the first rank of American writers. 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.” 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 warmhearted 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.

W. T. Benda’s illustrations further illuminate the fiction of a writer who drew so extensively on actual experience.

Willa Cather (1873–1947) was born in Virginia; her family moved to Nebraska in 1883 and eventually settled in Red Cloud. After graduating from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 1895, she returned to Red Cloud briefly before moving east to work on Home Monthly and eventually McClure’s. Her first published books were the poetry colle...
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Title:My ÁntoniaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:392 pages, 9.01 × 6.05 × 0.85 inPublished:June 1, 2013Publisher:UNP - Bison BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:080324570X

ISBN - 13:9780803245709

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from My Antonia This was just really slow going for me. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read A book you will remember for ever!
Date published: 2013-04-22
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

Table of Contents

Book I - The Shimerdas
Book II - The Hired Girls
Book III - Lena Lingard
Book IV - The Pioneer Woman's Story
Book V - Cuzak's Boys