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O Pioneers!

ISBN-10: 0679743626
ISBN-13: 9780679743620
Edition: N/A
Authors: Willa Cather
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Description: One of America7;s greatest women writers, Willa Cather established her talent and her reputation with this extraordinary novel-the first of her books set on the Nebraska frontier. A tale of the prairie land encountered by America7;s Swedish, Czech,  More...

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List price: $10.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/1/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

One of America7;s greatest women writers, Willa Cather established her talent and her reputation with this extraordinary novel-the first of her books set on the Nebraska frontier. A tale of the prairie land encountered by America7;s Swedish, Czech, Bohemian, and French immigrants, as well as a story of how the land challenged them, changed them, and, in some cases, defeated them, Cather7;s novel is a uniquely American epic. Alexandra Bergson, a young Swedish immigrant girl who inherits her father7;s farm and must transform it from raw prairie into a prosperous enterprise, is the first of Cather7;s great heroines-all of them women of strong will and an even stronger desire to overcome adversity and succeed. But the wild land itself is an equally important character in Cather7;s books, and her descriptions of it are so evocative, lush, and moving that they provoked writer Rebecca West to say of her: 0;The most sensuous of writers, Willa Cather builds her imagined world almost as solidly as our five senses build the universe around us.1; Willa Cather, perhaps more than any other American writer, was able to re-create the real drama of the pioneers, capturing for later generations a time, a place, and a spirit that has become part of our national heritage. From the Paperback edition.

Willa Siebert Cather was born in 1873 in the home of her maternal grandmother in western Virginia. Although she had been named Willela, her family always called her "Willa." Upon graduating from the University of Nebraska in 1895, Cather moved to Pittsburgh where she worked as a journalist and teacher while beginning her writing career. In 1906, Cather moved to New York to become a leading magazine editor at McClure's Magazine before turning to writing full-time. She continued her education, receiving her doctorate of letters from the University of Nebraska in 1917, and honorary degrees from the University of Michigan, the University of California, Columbia, Yale, and Princeton. Cather wrote poetry, short stories, essays, and novels, winning awards including the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, One of Ours, about a Nebraska farm boy during World War I. She also wrote The Professor's House, My Antonia, Death Comes for the Archbishop, and Lucy Gayheart. Some of Cather's novels were made into movies, the most well-known being A Lost Lady, starring Barbara Stanwyck. In 1961, Willa Cather was the first woman ever voted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame. She was also inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners in Oklahoma in 1974, and the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca, New York in 1988. Cather died on April 24, 1947, of a cerebral hemorrhage, in her Madison Avenue, New York home, where she had lived for many years.

List of Illustrations
Note on the Text
The Text of O Pioneers!
Contexts and Backgrounds
Autobiographical and Biographical Essays
From Willa Cather: A Memoir
Willa Cather Talks of Work
The Vision of a Successful: Fiction Writer
Interview with Willa Cather
Willa Sibert Cather
Daughter of the Frontier
Preface
My First Novels
Literary Contexts
Peter
A Wagner Matinee
Review of Kate Chopin's The Awakening
[On Henry James]
From The Lesson of the Master
From The House of Mirth
The Willing Muse
Letters to Willa Cather
Miss Jewett
A White Heron
From Alexander's Bridge
The Bohemian Girl
[On Walt Whitman]
Pioneers! O Pioneers!
The American West
Letters of Mattie and Uriah Oblinger
Nature Frowns on Mankind
From The Significance of the Frontier in American History
Nebraska: The End of the First Cycle
Swedes in Nebraska
Bohemians in Nebraska
Bohemian Cemeteries in Nebraska
From Pastoralism and Its Discontents: Willa Cather and the Burden of Imperialism
Criticism
Contemporary Reviews
O Pioneers! A New Heroine and a New Country Appear
A Good Novel
Books of the Day
Review of O Pioneers!
Review of O Pioneers!
[Review of O Pioneers!]
A Novel without a Hero
Modern Critical Views
[Willa Cather and the Epic]
[Biblical and Literary Contexts in O Pioneers!]
[Gender and Creativity in O Pioneers!]
Female Sexuality in Willa Cather's O Pioneers! and the Era of Scientific Sexology: A Dialogue between Frontiers
[O Pioneers! and the Cultural Politics of the Progressive Era]
The Enclosure of America: Civilization and Confinement in Willa Cather's O Pioneers!
[Willa Cather and the Pioneer Myth in O Pioneers!]
Willa Cather: A Chronology
Selected Bibliography

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