Vintage, Paperback, 9780679741879, 288pp.
Publication Date: March 15, 1994
In this powerful and astonishing novel, Willa Cather created one of the most winning yet thoroughly convincing heroines in American fiction. Antonia Shimerda, the daughter of Bohemian immigrants, not only survives her father's suicide, poverty, and a failed romance, she triumphs with high spirits.
After graduation she worked for a Lincoln, Nebraska, newspaper, then moved to Pittsburgh and finally to New York City. There she joined "McClure s "magazine, a popular muckraking periodical that encouraged the writing of new young authors. After meeting the author Sarah Orne Jewett, she decided to quit journalism and devote herself full time to fiction. Her first novel," Alexander s Bridge," appeared in serial form in "McClure s" in 1912. But her place in American literature was established with her first Nebraska novel, O Pioneers!, published in 1913, which was followed by her most famous pioneer novel, My Antonia, in 1918. In 1922 she won the Pulitzer Prize for one of her lesser-known books. " One of Ours. Death Comes for the Archbishop" (1927), her masterpiece, and "Shadows on the Rock" (1931) also celebrated the pioneer spirit, but in the Southwest and French Canada. Her other novels include "The Song of the Lark" (1915), "The Professor s House" (1925), "My Mortal Enemy" (1926), and "Lucy Gayheart" (1935). Wila Cather died in 1947. "From the Paperback edition.""
"No romantic novel ever written in America, by man or woman, is one half so beautiful as My Antonia."—H.L. Mencken
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