O Pioneers!

O Pioneers!

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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. "Contexts and Backgrounds" includes a rich selection of autobiographical and biographical material, including three interviews with Cather (1913, 1915, 1921). Literary contexts are provided by Cather and by Henry James, Edith Wharton, Sarah Orne Jewett, and Walt Whitman. The American West is revealed in words, photographs, and illustrations, including a selection from the Oblinger family letters (part of the Library of Congress American Memory project), Frederick Jackson Turner on the historical importance of the American frontier, and original documents from the Nebraska Historical Society. Mike Fischer explores Cather's relationship to Native American history and experience, questioning what role, if any, imperialism played in her creative process. "Criticism" provides seven contemporary reviews of O Pioneers! and modern critical interpretations by David Stouck, John J. Murphy, C. Susan Wiesenthal, Marilee Lindemann, Melissa Ryan, Guy Reynolds, and Sharon O'Brien. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included. Book jacket.
Publisher: New York : Houghton Mifflin, c1941
ISBN: 9780395075166
0395075165
Characteristics: 308 p

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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 04, 2016

O Pioneers is poetic and intelligent without losing focus on the story. That said, this story was a tad dry at times. I loved the language, and I liked the characters (though they were slightly formulaic), but I'd like to have seen a little more movement, a little more ambition.

JCLJoyceM Jun 19, 2015

This was the first Willa Cather book I ever read and was so charmed by her descriptions of the climate, the people, the perils they faced. We read it aloud as a family and all enjoyed it, even my teen daughter, who tried to read it previously. I told her she had to give it a second try.

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Jun 16, 2015

Written in a quiet tone which is kept steady throughout the book, the story itself is written as of there are two chapters missing after every chapter, giving the impression of a series of brief narrative glances over the course of about forty years.

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rwhite29
Jan 13, 2015

This is my favorite book of all time.

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LDPBLM
Jun 02, 2012

Oh , I was certain that "My Antonia" was Cather's best - probably so - but this truly was good . The white mulberry tree chapter was an excellent example of Cather's best writing .

hermlou May 18, 2011

Cather published this book in 1913, so it is a true picture of Nebraska at that time. Pioneers had a lot of trials from injury, disease, and crop failure, and Cather tells it all honestly. Alexandra is the oldest of her family and has an ability to manage the farm, which her brothers contribute to with manual labor. I enjoyed Cather's lyric descriptions of the land and her references to baseball and law school in Ann Arbor. Most of all I liked the fact that this was not written in 2011 about 1913, with possible anachronisms.

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FavouriteFiction Oct 03, 2009

Alexandra Bergson's devotion to the land turns an empty prairie into a prosperous farm.

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