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Willa Cather’s best known novel is an epic–almost mythic–story of a single human life lived simply in the silence of the southwestern desert. In 1851 Father Jean Marie Latour comes to serve as the Apostolic Vicar to New Mexico. What he finds is a vast territory of red hills and tortuous arroyos, American by law but Mexican and Indian in custom and belief. In the almost forty years that follow, Latour spreads his faith in the only way he knows–gently, all the while contending with an unforgiving landscape, derelict and sometimes openly rebellious priests, and his own loneliness. Out of these events,…
2. Willa Cather My Antonia 100th Anniversary Edition: Complete and Unabridged 1918 version with introduction, context, biography and analysis (2018)
Willa Cather My Antonia 100th Anniversary Edition : Complete and Unabridged 1918 version with introduction, context, biography and analysisMy Ántonia is a novel published in 1918 by American writer Willa Cather, considered one of her best works. It is the final book of her “prairie trilogy” of novels, preceded by O Pioneers! and The Song of the Lark. The novel tells the stories of an orphaned boy from Virginia, Jim Burden, and the elder daughter in a family of Bohemian immigrants, Ántonia Shimerda, who are each brought as children to be pioneers in Nebraska towards the end of the 19th century. Both the…
3. My Antonia (2015)
My Ántonia was enthusiastically received in 1918 when it was first published. It was considered a masterpiece and placed Cather in the forefront of women novelists. Today, it is considered as her first masterpiece. Cather was praised for bringing the American West to life and making it personally interesting. It brought place forward almost as if it were one of the characters, while at the same time playing upon the universality of the emotions, which in turn promoted regional American literature as a valid part of mainstream literature. While interpretations vary, My Ántonia is clearly an elegy to those families…
4. Oh Pioneers! (2015)
Cather invents a fictional town in early twentieth century Nebraska to tell the coming-of-age story of the Bergsons, a family of Swedish immigrants. Alexandra Bergson, the eldest of the Bergson children doggedly persists during the worst of times to become a wealthy, independent landowner. The novel is also concerned with two romantic relationships, one between Alexandra and family friend Carl Linstrum and the other between Alexandra’s brother Emil and the married Marie Shabata….
This volume collects the Prairie Trilogy by Willa Cather: O Pioneers! (1913), The Song of the Lark (1915), and My Ántonia (1918). These works became both popular and critical successes in her time. Cather was celebrated by national critics such as H. L. Mencken for writing in plainspoken language about ordinary people. Sinclair Lewis praised her work for making “the outside world know Nebraska as no one else has done.O Pioneers! tells the story of the Bergsons, a family of Swedish-American immigrants in the farm country near the fictional town of Hanover,…
6. The Song of the Lark (Vintage Classics) (1999)
In this powerful portrait of the self-making of an artist, Willa Cather created one of her most extraordinary heroines. Thea Kronborg, a minister’s daughter in a provincial Colorado town, seems destined from childhood for a place in the wider world. But as her path to the world stage leads her ever farther from the humble town she can’t forget and from the man she can’t afford to love, Thea learns that her exceptional musical talent and fierce ambition are not enough. It is in the solitude of a tiny rock chamber high in the side of an Arizona cliff–“a cleft in the heart…
7. The Essential Willa Cather: O Pioneers!, The Song of the Lark, My Ántonia, and One of Ours with an Introduction by Nicholas Tamblyn, and Illustrations by Katherine Eglund (2017)
Presenting The Essential Willa Cather: O Pioneers!, The Song of the Lark, My Ántonia, and One of Ours with an introduction by Nicholas Tamblyn, and illustrations by Katherine Eglund. This collection is part of The Essential Series by Golding Books.Much of Willa Cather’s writing evokes nostalgic memories of growing up on the American plains. Her stories describe the smallness of people in the landscape but their largeness to each other—particularly through the force of the past and memory—and for those characters who have come to settle from far away are the inescapable feelings of homesickness and of…
8. Shadows on the Rock (Vintage Classics) (1995)
Willa Cather’s novel of seventeenth-century Quebec is a luminous evocation of North American origins, and of the men and women who struggled to adapt to a new world even as they clung to the artifacts and manners of one they left behind.In 1697, Quebec is an island of French civilization perched on a bare gray rock amid a wilderness of trackless forests. For many of its settlers, Quebec is a place of exile, so remote that an entire winter passes without a word from home. But to twelve-year-old Cécile Auclair, the rock is home, where even the formidable Governor Frontenac entertains children in his palace…
9. O Pioneers! (2019)
Complete and unabridged paperback edition. is a 1913 novel by American author Willa Cather, written while she was living in New York. It is the first novel of her Great Plains trilogy, followed by The Song of the Lark (1915) and My Ántonia (1918). Via Wikipedia….
10. Collected Stories (Vintage Classics) (1992)
The most complete collection available of Willa Cather’s remarkable short fiction, Collected Stories brings together all the stories published in book form during her lifetime along with two additional volumes compiled after her death. These nineteen stories resonate with all the great themes that Cather staked out like tracts of fertile land: the plight of people hungry for beauty in a country that has no room for it; the mysterious arc of human lives; and the ways the American frontier transformed the…
11. The Professor’s House (Vintage Classics) (1990)
Willa Cather’s lyrical and bittersweet novel of a middle-aged man losing control of his life is a brilliant study in emotional dislocation and renewal. Professor Godfrey St. Peter is a man in his fifties who has devoted his life to his work, his wife, his garden, and his daughters, and achieved success with all of them. But when St. Peter is called on to move to a new, more comfortable house, something in him rebels. And although at first that rebellion consists of nothing more than mild resistance to his family’s wishes, it imperceptibly comes to…
12. A Lost Lady (Vintage Classics) (1990)
A Lost Lady is the portrait of a frontier woman who reflects the conventions of her age even as she defies them. To the people of Sweet Water, a fading railroad town on the Western plains, Mrs. Forrester is the resident aristocrat, at once gracious and comfortably remote. To her aging husband she is a treasure whose value increases as his powers fail. To Niel Herbert, who falls in love with her as a boy and becomes her confidant as a man, Mrs. Forrester is by turns steadfast and faithless, dazzling and pathetic: a woman whose charm is intertwined with a terrifying vulnerability….
13. My Ántonia (Dover Thrift Editions) (1994)
My Ántonia evokes the Nebraska prairie life of Willa Cather’s childhood, and commemorates the spirit and courage of immigrant pioneers in America. One of Cather’s earliest novels, written in 1918, it is the story of Ántonia Shimerda, who arrives on the Nebraska frontier as part of a family of Bohemian emigrants. Her story is told through the eyes of Jim Burden, a neighbor who will befriend Ántonia, teach her English, and follow the remarkable story of her life.Working in the fields of waving grass and tall corn that dot the Great Plains, Ántonia forges…
14. The Troll Garden and Selected Stories (2019)
Virginia-born writer Willa Cather burst onto the American literary scene with this riveting collection of short stories, all loosely yoked together via the theme of the arts, artists, and creativity. …..
Best Willa Cather Books Worth Your Attention
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The Selected Letters of Willa Cather
Author(s): Willa Cather, Andrew Jewell, Janis Stout
Publisher: Knopf, Year: 2013, Size: 5 Mb, Download: epub
Death Comes for the Archbishop
Author(s): Willa Cather
Publisher: Vintage, Year: 2011, Size: 2 Mb, Download: epub
Willa Cather's the Song of the Lark
Author(s): Debra L. Cumberland (Editor)
Publisher: Rodopi, Year: 2010, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
Willa Cather's My Antonia (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations)
Author(s): Harold Bloom
Publisher: , Year: 2008, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
The Influence of French Culture on Willa Cather: Intertextual References and Resonances
Author(s): Stephanie Durrans
Publisher: Edwin Mellen Press, Year: 2008, Size: 13 Mb, Download: pdf
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