O Pioneers!

ISBN-10: 0140187758

ISBN-13: 9780140187755

Edition: 2002

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Willa Cather's masterful novel marks both her return to the Nebraska of her youth and the discovery of an original literary voice. O Pioneers! vividly recalls the stories of the immigrant settlers Cather knew during her childhood and teenage years in Red Cloud. This Norton Critical Edition brings to life-through Cather's words, and through the words and images of others-the uniquely American frontier experience.
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Book details

List price: $10.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/1/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

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.

Blanche H. Gelfant is the author of The American City Novel, Women Writing in America: Voices in Collage,and Cross-Cultural Reckonings: A Triptych of Russian, American and Canadian Texts.For many years she was the Robert E. Maxwell Professor in the Arts and Sciences at Dartmouth. In recognition of her contributions as critic and scholar, the American Literature Division of the Modern Language Association has honored professor Gelfant with the Jay B. Hubbell Award for Lifetime Achievement in American Literary Studies.

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
My First Novels
Literary Contexts
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
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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