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My Antonia Paperback - 2003

by Willa Cather; Introduction by Gordon Tapper; Notes by Gordon Tapper


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My Ántonia (first published 1918) is considered one of the greatest novels by American writer Willa Cather. My Ántonia, pronounced with the accent on the first syllable of "Ántonia," is the final book of the "prairie trilogy" of novels by Cather, a list that also includes O Pioneers! and The Song of the LarkMy Ántonia follows an orphaned boy, Jim, and a Bohemian immigrant child, Ántonia, upon their introduction to Nebraska as pioneers. The novel depicts the struggles and successes of the pair throughout their lifetime. The first edition of My Ántonia in 1918 opened with an introduction depicting a conversation on a train that was later cut from the novel in a revised 1926 edition by Houghton Mifflin

Summary

My Antonia, first published 1918, is one of Willa Cather's greatest works. It is the last novel in the Prairie trilogy, preceded by O Pioneers! and The Song of the Lark.My Antonia tells the stories of several immigrant families who move out to rural Nebraska to start new lives in America, with a particular focus on a Bohemian family, the Shimerdas, whose eldest daughter is named Antonia. The book's narrator, Jim Burden, arrives in the fictional town of Black Hawk, Nebraska, on the same train as the Shimerdas, as he goes to live with his grandparents after his parents have died. Jim develops strong feelings for Antonia, something between a crush and a filial bond, and the reader views Antonia's life, including its attendant struggles and triumphs, through that lens.

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&&LDIV&&R&&LDIV&&R&&LDIV&&R&&LI&&RMy ntonia,&&L/I&&R by &&LB&&RWilla Cather&&L/B&&R, is part of the &&LI&&RBarnes & Noble Classics&&L/I&&R&&LI&&R &&L/I&&Rseries, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of &&LI&&RBarnes & Noble Classics&&L/I&&R: &&LDIV&&R

  • New introductions commissioned from todays top writers and scholars
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  • Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events
  • Footnotes and endnotes
  • Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work
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All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. &&LI&&RBarnes & Noble Classics &&L/I&&Rpulls together a constellation of influences--biographical, historical, and literary--to enrich each readers understanding of these enduring works.&&L/DIV&&R&&L/DIV&&R&&L/DIV&&R&&LDIV&&R &&L/DIV&&R&&LDIV&&R"No romantic novel ever written in America . . . is one half so beautiful as &&LI&&RMy ntonia&&L/I&&R." &&LI&&R--H. L. Mencken&&L/I&&R &&L/DIV&&R&&LP&&RWidely recognized as &&LB&&RWilla Cather&&L/B&&R's greatest novel, &&LI&&RMy ntonia&&L/I&&R is a soulful and rich portrait of a pioneer woman's simple yet heroic life. The spirited daughter of Bohemian immigrants, ntonia must adapt to a hard existence on the desolate prairies of the Midwest. Enduring childhood poverty, teenage seduction, and family tragedy, she eventually becomes a wife and mother on a Nebraska farm. A fictional record of how women helped forge the communities that formed a nation, &&LI&&RMy ntonia&&L/I&&R is also a hauntingly eloquent celebration of the strength, courage, and spirit of America's early pioneers.&&L/P&&R&&LP style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"&&R&&LSTRONG&&RGordon Tapper&&L/B&&R&&L/B&&R&&L/B&&R is Assistant Professor of English at DePauw University. He is the author of &&LI&&RThe Machine That Sings: Modernism, Hart Crane, and the Culture of the Body&&L/I&&R, from Routledge.&&L/P&&R&&L/DIV&R

First Edition Identification

First edition published by Houghton Mifflin in 1918. The first printing comprised 3500 copies, 2500 of the copies had illustrations by W.T. Benda printed on glossy paper, and 1000 uncoated paper. A second 'first edition' with a cut introduction was published by Houghton Mifflin in 1926. 

 

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  • Title My Antonia
  • Author Willa Cather; Introduction by Gordon Tapper; Notes by Gordon Tapper
  • Binding Paperback
  • Edition [ Edition: Repri
  • Pages 272
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Barnes & Noble Classics, New York
  • Date 2003
  • Illustrated Yes
  • Features Bibliography, Illustrated, Price on Product - Canadian, Table of Contents
  • ISBN 9781593082024 / 1593082029
  • Weight 0.49 lbs (0.22 kg)
  • Dimensions 7.97 x 5.23 x 0.75 in (20.24 x 13.28 x 1.91 cm)
  • Reading level 990
  • Themes
    • Cultural Region: Plains
    • Cultural Region: Upper Midwest
    • Cultural Region: Western U.S.
    • Geographic Orientation: Nebraska
    • Topical: Country/Cowboy
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 2004100758
  • Dewey Decimal Code FIC
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