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My Antonia: Introduction by Jane Smiley (Vintage Classics) (Paperback)

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In this symphonically powerful novel, Willa Cather created one of the most winning heroines in American fiction, a woman whose robust high spirits and calm, undemonstrative strength are emblematic of the virtues Cather most admired in her country. • This 100th Anniversary Edition of Willa Cather’s masterpiece features a new introduction by Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Jane Smiley.

Antonia Shimerda is the daughter of Bohemian immigrants struggling with the oceanic loneliness of life on the Nebraska prairie. Through the eyes of Jim Burden, her tutor and disappointed admirer, we follow Antonia from farm to town and through hardships both natural and human, surviving everything from poverty to a failed romance--and not only surviving, but triumphing. In the end, Antonia is exactly what Burden says she is: a woman who "had that something which fires the imagination, [a woman who] could stop . . . one's breath for a moment by a look or a gesture that somehow revealed the meaning in common things."

About the Author


WILLA CATHER, author of twelve novels, including O Pioneers!, My Ántonia, and Death Comes for the Archbishop, was born in Virginia in 1873 but grew up in Nebraska, where many of her novels are set. In 1922 she won the Pulitzer Prize for one of her lesser-known books, One of Ours. Her other novels include The Song of the LarkThe Professor’ s HouseMy Mortal Enemy, and Lucy GayheartShe died in 1947 in New York City.

Praise For…


“No romantic novel ever written in America, by man or woman, is one half so beautiful as My Ántonia.” –H. L. Mencken

“The time will come when Willa Cather will be ranked above Hemingway.” –Leon Edel
Product Details
ISBN: 9780525562863
ISBN-10: 0525562869
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: March 6th, 2018
Pages: 304
Language: English
Series: Vintage Classics
 

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