Everyman's Library, Hardcover, 9780307700919, 188pp.
Publication Date: September 6, 2011
The novel that first made Willa Cather famous—a powerfully mythic tale of the American frontier told through the life of one extraordinary woman—in a handsome hardcover volume.
No other work of fiction so vividly evokes the harsh beauty and epic sweep of the Nebraska prairies that Cather knew and loved. The heroine of O Pioneers!, Alexandra Bergson, is a young Swedish immigrant at the turn of the twentieth century who inherits her father’s windblasted land and, through years of hard work, turns it into a prosperous farm. Fiercely independent, Alexandra sacrifices love and companionship in her passionate devotion to the land, until tragedy strikes and brings with it the chance for a new life.
One of our most beloved classics, one of the great heroines of American literature.
Elaine Showalter, Emeritus Professor of English at Princeton University, combines scholarly expertise in English and American literature with a passion for a wide range of cultural subjects. She has written ten books, most recently "The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe: A Biography" and "A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx", which was awarded the Truman Capote Prize for Literary Criticism. Her writing has appeared in the "Times Literary Supplement", "People", and "Vogue".