My Antonia

My Antonia



Afterword by: Terese Svoboda

Format
Mass Market Paperback
Price
$4.95
 
Additional Formats
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • ISBN 9780451466266
  • 288 Pages
  • Signet
  • Adult

Overview

Emigrating from Bohemia to Black Hawk, Nebraska, with her family, Ántonia discovers no white-framed farmhouse or snug barn. Instead, the cultured Shimerda family finds itself huddled in a primitive sod house buffeted by the ceaselessly blowing winds on the Midwest prairie. For her childhood friend Jim Burden, Ántonia comes to embody the elemental spirit of this frontier. Working alongside men, she survives without compromising the rich, deep power of her nature. And Willa Cather’s lush descriptions of the rolling Nebraska grasslands interweave with the blossoming of a woman in the early days of the twentieth century in a novel that is an epic chronicle of America’s past. My Ántonia is one of those rare, highly prized works of great literature that not only enriches its readers but immerses them in a tale superbly told. The novel Cather herself considered her best, My Ántonia is one of those rare, highly prized works of great literature that not only enriches its readers but immerses them in a tale superbly told.

With an Introduction by Marilyn Sides
and a New Afterword by Terese Svoboda

Praise

“No romantic novel ever written in America, by man or woman, is one half so beautiful as My Antonia. It is the finest thing of its sort ever done in America.”–H. L. Mencken 

“Can one name another American novel whose emotional quality is so true, so warm, so human as that of My Antonia.”–Clifton Fadiman 

“To reread Cather is to rediscover an arresting chapter in the national past.”–Los Angeles Times 

“The time will come when she’ll be ranked above Hemingway.”–Leon Edel
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